BOSTON (CBS) — Alijah, 6, is a sweet, lovable and mellow African American boy diagnosed with autism and global delays.

He has some self-help skills and is able to dress himself. Though his vocabulary is limited, he has made gains in this area and knows the names of all of his peers in his residential home. An active youngster, Alijah loves to jump and roll on the floor. He recently went to a gym class for children with autism, and he enthusiastically tried all the activities. Alijah was able to follow instructions and use words to ask for help when needed. At times, he would also repeat back what others said to him.

During quieter times, he loves watching cartoons, especially Kung Fu Panda. Alijah’s social worker is seeking a two-parent family, possibly with older children, who could give Alijah the nurturance, support, consistency and predictability he needs.

To learn more about Alijah, 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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