Imagine being 15 years old. You have a positive attitude. You are excited about what the future holds. You are carefree and loving, but you are in search of a family. That is the situation that Talaysia finds herself in as we turn the calendar to 2022.

Talaysia has certainly seen her share of struggles, but instead of allowing those challenges to slow her down, this young lady has used them to put forth light and love into the world.

Lisa Tankanow is a counselor for Talaysia.

"She's a great kid. She has a lot of love to give," Tankanow said. "She has a strong desire to have a family and to have a home that she can call her own."

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Kaitlyn Poirier is Talaysia's clinician. She describes Talaysia as "having a big, bright and bubbly personality. She's funny with a little bit of sassiness. She's fun and playful, and really cares about people."

If you are at least 18 years old, have a stable source of income, and room in your heart, you may be a perfect match to adopt Talaysia.

Adoptive parents can be single, married, or partnered; experienced or not; renters or homeowners; LGBTQ singles and couples. The process to adopt a child from foster care requires training, interviews, and home visits to determine if adoption is right for you.

To learn more about adoption from foster care, call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) at (617) 964-6273 or visit www.mareinc.org. MARE can help connect you with a child or sibling group with whom your family may be a good match.

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