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Wednesday’s Child: 11-Year-Old Jaelyn

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BOSTON (CBS) – Jaelyn is a friendly 11-year-old Caucasian girl with a beaming smile. She enjoys many interests typical of her age group, such as shopping for new clothes and shoes whenever she can.

She loves horses and going horseback riding, playing outside, drawing, listening to music and singing. When she gets older, Jaelyn wants to become a singer. Jaelyn is hoping to find a family of her own and would especially like to have a mom or two moms.

Jaelyn is in the fifth grade, and benefits from an Individualized Education Plan. She can struggle with some behaviors in the classroom, such as not following directions. Jaelyn can also struggle with completing her homework on time, or forgetting to pass it in when she does complete it. She attends an after school program with a therapeutic element that, along with weekly individual therapy, helps her work on developing appropriate coping skills.

Jaelyn is currently living in a foster home where she has been able to establish strong relationships with her foster family members. She attends community activities with her foster mother and can be kind and sensitive towards her. Jaelyn responds well to strict rules, structure, and clear expectations.

She does best when transitions are well-planned and explained. Jaelyn’s foster mom is currently helping her work on skills to becoming independent, such as doing her own laundry and maintaining a clean living area.

Legally free for adoption, Jaelyn would do best in a two-parent family without younger children or children who are close to her in age. The ideal family for Jaelyn will be open to keeping her in contact with her two younger brothers.

To learn more about Jaelyn, 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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