BOSTON (CBS) — Shianne is a joyful and easy-going 14-year-old Caucasian girl who has cognitive limitations and emotional delays.

Her simplicity and sense of wonder of what life has to offer make her a joy to be around. Shianne enjoys spending time with friends and being outdoors riding her bicycle. She has an affinity for Disney movies; Teen Beach Movie is her current favorite. Shianne also likes playing with dolls, stuffed animals, and with her 3D DS.

Shianne needs a patient, loving family that will foster her innocence while helping her grow. She would respond well to someone who is used to dealing with a child with special needs. Her social worker feels that Shianne would do best with a mother and father, two mothers, or with a single mother. Shianne gets along well with other children in her home, but would also benefit from being the only child in a family.

Shianne’s current foster home and school provide her with the structure and positive reinforcement she needs. She is generally happy and is easily redirected by caretakers and teachers. In addition, Shianne has a visiting resource and siblings with whom she would need to maintain a connection. She is legally free for adoption and is eager to find a forever family.

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


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