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sunday’s child

Joel would like a family — and a dog

Joel’s favorite subject in school is math.
Joel’s favorite subject in school is math.

Sunday’s Child is a weekly column featuring a child currently in foster care awaiting adoption.

Joel is a caring teenage boy of Hispanic descent who can speak both Spanish and English.

Joel has shared he would like a family that has a pet, preferably a dog. Joel likes helping to care for animals and he is described as polite and helpful. Joel enjoys playing basketball and looks up to Michael Jordan.

Joel also enjoys learning about magic, playing chess, watching movies, and reading books. If Joel had three wishes he would wish to be the richest person in the world, stop world hunger, and to be a Marine.

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Joel is in middle school and he does well with the frequent breaks and small groups in his classroom. At school he is very friendly and helpful. Joel’s favorite subject in school is math.

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Legally freed for adoption, Joel will need a family open to maintaining contact with his grandmother.

His worker feels he would do best in a two parent home with older or no other children. A family that could start off visiting with Joel as a visiting resource would be a great match for him.

Who can adopt?

Can you provide the guidance, love, and stability that a child needs? If you’re at least 18 years old, have a stable source of income, and room in your heart, you may be a perfect match to adopt a waiting child.

Adoptive parents can be single, married, or partnered; experienced or not; renters or homeowners; LGBTQ singles and couples.

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The process to adopt a child from foster care requires training, interviews, and home visits to determine if adoption is right for you, and if so, to help connect you with a child or sibling group that your family will be a good match for.

To learn more about adoption from foster care, call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) at 617-54-ADOPT (617-542-3678) or visit www.mareinc.org. The sooner you call, the sooner a waiting child will have “a permanent place to call home.”