Ruthie is a 14-year-old girl who has some dreams. She would love the opportunity to become a dentist. She would love to be able to own her own horses. Her biggest dream, however, is to be adopted by a family that wants to spend time with her at the end of the day.

Ruthie's Clinical Care Manager Shannon says that there are so many things Ruthie wants to do in her life both now and when she grows up. She's been horseback riding for quite some time now. Shannon says Ruthie really benefits from the connections that she's made with the large animals, and finds the horses to be calming to her.

Some other interests that Ruthie enjoys are spending time with arts and crafts and playing good old-fashioned board games like checkers and chess.

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Shannon describes Ruthie's strengths as being extremely resilient, caring and very loving. A family that can be committed and loyal to Ruthie would be a great fit, according to Shannon.

"Ruthie is a child with a lot of passions, and the right family would let her explore them," she said.

Another strength of Ruthie's is the ability to hold conversations with adults. She is happy-go-lucky, very polite, and is a good conversationalist.

Ruthie is hoping to be connected with a "nice, loving, and caring, family that likes to have fun."

"I want them to have time for me when I'm home," she said. "I would love them to help me with my homework. I want them to take care of me, and just spend time with me."

You can find out more about adopting Ruthie here.

Who Can Adopt?

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. As an adoptive parent, you won’t have to pay any fees, adoption from foster care is completely free in Massachusetts.

The process to adopt a child from foster care includes training, interviews, and home visits to determine if adoption is right for you. These steps will help match you with a child or sibling group that your family will fit well with.

To learn more about adoption from foster care, call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) at (617) 964-6273 or visit www.mareinc.org. Start the process today and give a waiting child a permanent place to call home.

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