Happy and affectionate are the words used most often to describe Marc. A playful teenager, he loves getting as many cuddles and as much attention as he can. Marc will actively seek people out for cuddles and tickles.

Marc enjoys going outside. He especially loves to play ball whenever possible. He also loves to swing on a swingset.

The young man is a bit of a foodie. He is happy to eat just about anything and is especially fond of salads with lettuce and tomatoes.

Marc likes to play with others and gets along well with everyone he meets. He is always smiling and his sweet, playful nature makes everyone around him smile, too.

Diagnosed with autism, Marc communicates using gestures, pictures and signs and is working on increasing his independence with activities of daily living. He benefits from clear and consistent structure and routines, as well as lots of attention and affection.

Marc is legally freed for adoption and seeks a family who can provide him with love, patience and attention. He responds very well to structure and predictable routines, so he would thrive in a family who could provide a balance of this along with the affection that he craves.

It will be important for Marc to maintain his relationships with biological family members in Massachusetts through quarterly visits. While Marc is looking for a permanent home, his social worker also feels that he could benefit from a visiting resource and is open to exploring that option with anyone who might be interested.

Who Can Adopt?

If you’re at least 18 years old, have a stable source of income, and have 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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