BOSTON (CBS) – Xander is a sweet, kind and funny 13-year-old Caucasian boy who enjoys most outdoor activities. He loves skateboarding and bike riding, and hopes to play football this fall. He is a very good skateboarder and would like to become a professional skateboarder in the future. Xander understands this goal may be difficult to attain and has talked about going to a trade school to learn a vocation.

A resilient teen, Xander has overcome significant neglect and loss in his life and is still able to move forward. He currently lives in a foster home where he gets along well with his foster brothers and has an excellent relationship with his foster mother. In school, Xander has some academic and behavioral struggles, but has made great gains in all areas of school life since transferring to a collaborative school. He has an Individualized Education Plan for math and English language arts. Xander also attends weekly individual therapy and is making progress.

Xander is legally freed for adoption and is in need of a family or individual who will be able to provide him with a consistent and predictable home, as well as advocate for his educational needs. Xander’s social worker believes he could be placed in a single or two-parent family of any constellation with or without other children in the home. Xander is seeking a family who won’t give up on him and will be there through the good and bad times.

To learn more about Xander, and about adoption from foster care, call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) at 617-54-ADOPT (617-542-3678) or visit http://www.MAREinc.org. The sooner you call, the sooner a waiting child will have “a permanent place to call HOME.”