As a bright, athletic young man, 13-year-old Shawn spreads positivity everywhere he goes.

He is able to engage in conversations with both peers and adults. He loves football, baseball, basketball and lacrosse. He loves going on special outings with his peers, including an annual camping trip.

He has big aspirations to sign with the NFL in the future.

Shawn enjoys gaming and wants to become a streamer. He also can see himself dreaming up storylines for video games.

Shawn meets up with a mentor weekly at the library where he enjoys reading. He is particularly interested in manga, from which many popular anime titles originate. Shawn checks out over 13 different pieces of manga weekly.

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He also understands that education is important, and wants to go to college or trade school. An eighth-grader, Shawn is a great student doing well in school settings and actively participating in his education.

"I try to keep my grades up as much as I can, cause I know that other than having skill, thats the most important factor to get in to the NFL and on college teams." - Shawn

Shawn feels that he is a great role model for others. He wants to help out, especially for any family with younger siblings. He considers himself responsible and mature for his age.

The Ideal Family for Shawn

Legally freed, Shawn is available to any family including those with older children. He maintains communication with his biological family, which will be important as he adjusts to his new home.

Shawn feels strongly about two important needs. He wants his family to be understanding of him and his mental health and he wants strong communication.

Shawn will thrive in a family environment, and he hopes that everyone in his life will be supportive and affirming of his transition to adulthood. Out-of-state families will be considered if they are open to nurturing his current relationships.

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 will be a good fit.

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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