Aaliyah is a curious, fun-loving, happy little girl. One of her favorite things to see is other people happy. Aaliyah is a kid who absolutely lights up the room when she walks in.

She also might just be one of the world's biggest fans of Sesame Street. It's her favorite TV show, and she adores when Elmo's World comes on.

"She is so loving and caring -- all she wants to do is help," Aaliyah's teacher says.

After Aaliyah asked for a "job," her teacher finally gave her one that she is very excited about. Aaliyah is now responsible for watering all of the plants at her school.

She truly enjoys doing things like cleaning up, washing the table and helping to put things away. It gives the 8-year-old a sense of purpose.

Aaliyah would be a good match with a parent who will let her climb all over you. She really enjoys the sensory input. If you have the energy to keep up with her at the playground, that would be a huge plus.

Aaliyah, however, is not always in fifth gear. She also really enjoys snuggling at the end of a long day of play.

Aaliyah likes to learn new things, but can sometimes be hesitant when trying new foods or new activities.

"She has two kinds of smiles," her teacher says. "She has the big smile when she's happy and a side smile when she feels proud of herself."

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 www.mareinc.org. Start the process today and give a waiting child a permanent place to call home.

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