When asked to describe herself, Jaylana uses words like "weird" and "dark," which is surprising because her social workers describe her as someone with a great sense of humor.

Jaylana, or Jay Jay, as she is called by her friends, does indeed have a very dry sense of humor.  It could be argued that she is, in a way, "weird," but only in the best way.  For example, there aren't many teens that spend their free time after school writing Greek romance stories about the dynamics of the relationships between the gods.  When she is not writing, Jay Jay is drawing or tapping into other creative hobbies.

She is someone who is eager to please others and wants to discover true happiness in her life.  She really enjoys making the people around her laugh.  Jay Jay has recently discovered makeup and how much fun it is to put it on.  She loves to experiment with her curly hair by straightening it and dying it every color under the sun. 

Some other interests are acting/theatre, crafts, baking, video games, and music.  

Jay has the potential to do great things in life with the right family and opportunities.  She is a bright student and does well when motivated.  She started high school this year in a therapeutic setting and is successful when receiving individualized attention from her teachers. 

Jay is eager to form a connection with a loving family. Her social worker feels that she will do well in a family of any constellation, especially in a home where she can be the youngest child and receive as much attention as possible. 

Jay has expressed that she wants to be loved and cared for by a family who will not give her up and that will stand by her. A family for Jay must be patient and have a trauma informed approach to parenting in order for her to thrive and meet her optimal potential.  Also, Jay needs a family open to helping her maintain contact with her biological family that reside in Massachusetts. 

Who Can Adopt

If you’re at least 18, 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.

Adopting 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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