Imagine starting your life in the Congo and making the trek across the world, landing here in Massachusetts?

Henriette's story begins in the Central African country and the latest chapter has taken her on a path to New England.

Henny, as she is called, is quite the soccer player. She has incredible skills and says she enjoys kicking soccer balls as a form of stress relief. Although she has struggled with asthma, she has overcome to become a talented basketball player and a strong runner. She is also proud to show off hyper-flexibility in her hands.

She is a very funny young lady and is described as caring and empathetic. When she sees others in need, Henny enjoys stepping in and helping out, "especially when they are not in a good place," she says.

Henny is multi-lingual with the ability to speak English, French and Swahili.

Henny hopes and prays to be placed into a family with two parents and siblings. She says her No. 1 hope would be a family that hugs.

Legally freed for adoption, Henny wants to be with a family who will care for her unconditionally and to live in a setting where she can be active and explore her interests.

Her social worker is open to a warm, supportive, and trauma-experienced family of any constellation preferably with children, older or younger. Henny wants to be adopted by a family with which she will benefit from ample time to become familiar prior to transition.

Culture and religion are important to Henny, who is in conflict between adopting Christian or Muslim faith, as various biological family members practice both religions. She will also need a family that is open and able to support her continuous exploration of her religious and cultural identity.

Henny loves animals and would enjoy being a part of a family with pets. Her future family must be open to continued contact, including visits, with Henny's biological family (mostly in central Massachusetts).

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

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