Marissa's social worker describes the 14-year-old as a "very bubbly and calm individual."

Marissa is a child who really enjoys the arts. Singing, dancing, writing original songs and projecting her voice are all activities that Marissa enjoys doing in her free time. She loves to entertain others and doesn't mind being the center of attention.

Marissa is described as a vivacious girl with a good sense of humor. She also enjoys playing sports She has excellent verbal skills and is able to carry on an engaging conversation.

"The ocean is really pretty and there are so many mysteries in the ocean."  --Marissa

Marissa’s social worker believes she would fit in with a local family with just about any dynamic, including a family with a mom and dad, two moms or a single mother. Marissa will do equally well as an only child or with older or younger siblings, preferably sisters.

She is legally free for adoption and will need to maintain four visits per year with her birth parents.

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 with whom your family will 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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