Jailianize, who likes to be called Lalie, is described by her counselors as a sweet and loving girl. She isn't afraid to speak up for herself but does so respectfully. She gives maximum effort to everything she tries and often realizes that she experiences success when she applies that effort.

Lalie's favorite activities are making art projects, playing with peers, being outside and just keeping busy. Music, singing, dancing, art, reading and cooking top the list of her favorite things to do.

Lalie loves animals and the idea of a pet in her new home. While it usually takes a little time for Lalie to build up trust, with the help of therapy she is making speedy progress by learning to trust again.

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Career goals for Lalie include cosmetology, her prime interest. She said she would love to work in that industry when she is older. 

Lalie is a big fan of school. In the past, she may have needed occasional assistance with her social and emotional needs, but through therapy, she has progressed and has learned how to manage her emotions.

Over the past year, Lalie has made great strides in school and her grades reflect her hard work. For a long time, Lalie had to be the parent to her younger sister. It can be difficult at times for her to leave her parental role when she is around much younger children. However, Lalie has learned to be a kid rather than a parent and will thrive in a family setting. 

Lalie would do best in a home with at least one female caregiver and other children. Most importantly Lalie should be in an active family that will keep her busy, and give her structure and much love. There is an open adoption agreement in place with Lalie's birth parents for two visits per year. Lalie has a close bond with her younger sister who lives in western Massachusetts and will need frequent contact with her. 

Who Can Adopt?

If you’re at least 18, have a stable source of income and have room in your heart, you may be a perfect match to adopt a waiting child. Adoptive parents can be single, married or partnered; experienced or not; renters or homeowners; LGBTQ+ singles and couples. As an adoptive parent, you won’t have to pay any fees. Adoption from foster care is completely free in Massachusetts.

Adopting a child from foster care includes training, interviews and home visits to determine if adoption is right for you. These steps will help match you with a child or sibling group that will be a good fit.

To learn more about adoption from foster care, call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) at (617) 964-6273 or visit www.mareinc.org. Start the process today and give a waiting child a permanent place to call home.

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