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Wednesday’s Child: 15-Year-Old Daniel

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BOSTON (CBS) — Daniel, or Dan, is a shy, quiet 15-year-old young man of Caucasian descent who is curious about trying new things once he feels comfortable. He has a real knack for being able to follow directions when building or putting something together. Dan also likes to explore and learn about his environment.

Dan is currently in a foster home where he loves the attention he receives from the family. He especially likes when he can be with the adults in his life one-on-one. His social worker describes him as a kind, considerate and compassionate young man who would have a lot to offer in a family.

An avid bowler, Dan bowls on a league and recently won second place in a tournament. He loves video games and electronics, and would like to become a computer programmer when he gets older. Dan also has a creative side and likes arts and crafts and cooking. His favorite dish is macaroni and cheese.
At times, Dan can struggle with expectations and is learning coping skills for when he gets frustrated. Dan attends a smaller, therapeutic-based school where he is improving his peer social skills and is receiving the extra academic help he needs. He does need some assistance with organization and school work and benefits from the services he receives from his Individualized Education Plan. He gets along with his peers and will join in when asked, although he usually prefers independent play. Dan has a couple of good friends in school, and they are looking forward to going to Six Flags amusement park with their season passes.

Legally free for adoption, Dan would enjoy being in a home with a single mom, but he is also open to a two-parent family of any constellation, with or without older children. He loves animals and is hoping to soon start a job working with animals. With the nurturance, structure and love of a permanent family, Dan will continue to shine.
To learn more about Daniel, 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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