By Jack Williams, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – Veronica, 11, is a sweet girl of Hispanic descent. She is shy at first, but she becomes interactive and talkative once she gets used to someone new. Veronica is diagnosed with mild mental retardation and attends school in a specialized classroom.

Veronica’s social worker is seeking a family who can encourage her to reach her full potential. Veronica would especially like to have a mom that could do her hair and play dress up with her. Veronica also enjoys swimming, playing with her Nintendo DS and with her dolls. Her favorite TV show is Sponge Bob, and she was a bumblebee for Halloween.

Veronica is legally free for adoption and would do best in single or two-parent female family. If there were other children in the home, older sisters would be best. A family that is open to birth family contact would be ideal.

To learn more about Veronica, 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.”