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BOSTON (CBS) — Alex is a laid-back 2-year-old toddler of Haitian descent who loves to snuggle.

Alex is currently in a foster home where he has been able to form a healthy attachment with his foster parents, and loves to be around other children in the home. His social worker is seeking a two-parent adoptive home experienced with special needs.

2-year-old Alex (MARE)

2-year-old Alex (MARE)

Alex’s foster mother describes Alex as a young boy with an even temperament, who loves to be held, and who laughs and smiles often when he is sung to. When he gets upset, he is able to be easily calmed down by either of his foster parents. Alex’s favorite toys are a stuffed teddy bear attached to a small blanket, and a toy monkey. He sleeps with his teddy bear every night. Alex has disrupted sleep which will likely persist throughout his childhood. Alex also loves to play with his bouncy ball and can be easily amused for long periods of time by rolling and bouncing it.

Alex has a genetic disorder that affects his heart, skin, and physical development in all systems of his body. It is likely that he will require heart surgery in his early childhood. He has motor delays due to this disorder for which he is receiving Early Intervention services, including physical therapy and occupational therapy.

He has made significant progress, and is walking unassisted and now even running. Alex knows a few words and uses them sporadically. He will require lifelong care including educational services and supportive services. Alex is legally free for adoption.

To learn more about Alex, 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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