Yessenia is a quiet 15-year-old girl who enjoys putting smiles on other people's faces. She truly loves to make other people happy by cooking and baking for them or drawing for them. She is the type of kid that is just as excited to celebrate other people's birthdays as she is to celebrate her own.

Her social worker Lee Ann said the Yessenia is someone who really likes to plan and is "a creature of habit." When she wakes up in the morning, she likes to know what the day has ahead for her.

Lee Ann calls Yessenia "a sweet girl who loves people and animals." Even though she is quiet and a bit reserved, Yessenia does like the company of other people.

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Legally freed for adoption, Yessenia will need a family that will allow her continued contact and visits with her two younger brothers. She would do best in a two-parent or single-female family with or without other children. She would like to have a family that is supportive of her relationship with her siblings and her mother.

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 Yessenia.

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 MARE can help connect you with a child or sibling group with whom your family may be a good match.

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