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Wednesday’s Child: 8-Year-Old Danakah

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BOSTON (CBS) – Danakah is a friendly, outgoing 8-year-old African-American girl who loves receiving adult attention and does well in these interactions. She is mature for her age and likes to be in charge. Danakah is in need of a permanent, loving family who will be able to provide her with nurturance, support and limits when necessary.

Danakah has a lot of strengths that should be encouraged. She is smart and does well academically. In her spare time, Danakah enjoys a variety of activities, including singing, dancing and acting. She also loves crafts, playing interactive games, watching Jeopardy and movies, reading and writing. She would like to grow up to become a famous singer and actress.

Due to her history, Danakah has emotional and behavioral needs for which she has an Individual Educational Plan in place at school. She also meets with an adjustment counselor to redirect her behaviors in school. She does well with positive reinforcement and enjoys spending her “reward” money for good behavior at the dollar store.

Danakah’s social worker is seeking a household with a single mom or a mom and dad in which Danakah is the youngest or only child. Ideally, she should be placed with a family with a flexible work schedule that lets them contact and collaborate with collaterals.

Though it takes Danakah a while to grow attachments, she is able become close to others in a safe and trusting relationship. It will be important to Danakah to maintain a relationship with her older sister. Danakah is legally free for adoption.

To learn more about Danakah, and about adoption from foster care, call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) at 617-54-ADOPT (617-542-3678) or visit www.MAREinc.org. The sooner you call, the sooner a waiting child will have “a permanent place to call HOME.”

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