Allow us to introduce you to Barry. He is 6 years old and "really lights up a room," according to his foster mom.

Barry loves to play with sensory items such as slime and water. His favorite holiday is Halloween because he really enjoys pumpkins. He is an active little guy and likes to play outside and stay busy, so a family on the move would be a perfect fit for him.

He is described by those who know him best as kind, loving and “an absolute joy with unparalleled empathy."  He comforts others if they are upset or hurt, and his laughter and carefree demeanor lift the spirits of everyone he meets.

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In addition to outdoor play, Barry loves painting. He recently learned to jump with both feet off the ground. 

Barry has made significant progress with speech and language, and now uses more than 50 spoken words. He communicates in phrases between two and three words, and occasionally supplements them with gestures, signs or his communication device.

Barry is diagnosed with autism and is followed by a team of specialists due to additional medical needs. He is thriving in a small classroom with individualized attention and loves being around his peers. He is very good about sharing. The adults in Barry's life say that he has strong problem-solving skills, like the ability to get paper towels after he sees that there has been a spill.

Legally freed for adoption, Barry seeks a family who can provide a balance of the structure that he requires and the love and affection he craves. A family should be prepared to advocate for Barry and to support his independence as he continues to grow and develop. He will do best in a two-parent home, with or without other children. Visits twice a year with his biological mother will need to be supported. 

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.

The process to adopt 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 Start the process today and give a waiting child a permanent place to call home.

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