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Wednesday’s Child: 8-Year-Old Dhamanjie

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BOSTON (CBS) — Dhamanjie is an energetic 8-year-old African American boy who is always on the go. He enjoys playing outdoors. He has a good sense of humor and enjoys making others laugh. Dhamanjie says his nickname is “D-Man.” In his downtime, he enjoys reading and watching cartoons with his favorite Superheros. Spiderman has been a long-time favorite, and this Halloween, he went with a Superman costume.

Dhamanjie just started the third grade this year. He is bright and has the ability to succeed academically. Last school year, he struggled behaviorally. He is making progress and benefits from an Individualized Education Plan, as well as weekly therapy to help him process his losses and develop appropriate coping skills.

Legally free for adoption, Dhamanjie will need a home that can provide him with structure and consistency. He will do well in a two-parent home that can give him a lot of attention. Dhamanjie has said that he would like to be placed in an African American family. Dhamanjie has birth family connections that he will need to maintain. He is nurturing with his younger twin siblings who are being placed in a separate home, and he will need regular contact with them. There is also an open adoption agreement for two visits a year with his birth parents.

To learn more about Dhamanjie, 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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