When you talk to 13-year-old, Skylher, you quickly realize that you are not dealing with an ordinary teenager.  Skylher spends a lot of time thinking about and preparing for her future.  She enjoys reading Greek mythology and thrives in STEM:  science, technology, engineering and math.

In a world that is dominated by technology, Skylher can be an old soul.  She tells us that she enjoys things as simple as throwing a rubber ball against a wall and fielding it.  She says she has great reflexes and it's a way for her to clear her mind.

When Skylher grows up, she says she wants to be in the fields of engineering and photography.

Her social worker says that Skylher has a great personality.  She is someone who would do anything for anyone.  The teen is friendly, easy going, and easy to get along with.  "She's a fun kid to be around."

Skylher describes herself as one of a kind.  "And I'm weird," she says with a laugh.  "In a good way!  Not weird in a bad way!  I'm weird in a good way!"

Who Can Adopt?

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