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February’s Child: Jaylana & This Month’s Info Meetings

February’s Child: Jaylana & This Month’s Info Meetings

This sweet 8 ½-year-old girl loves to laugh! Of Caucasian descent, Jaylana is a fairly outgoing girl with a great sense of humor. She likes dolls and playing on her tablet. She is very considerate of other people’s feelings and relates well to others.

Jaylana does well in school with the support of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). She currently lives in a group home setting with her biological brother. She is very attached to her group home staff and spends as much time as she can interacting and playing with her brother. Jaylana also is very attached to her biological mother, as well as her other siblings who are in care across the state. She is receiving therapeutic services to help process her trauma and losses.

Legally free for adoption, Jaylana would do well in any type of pre-adoptive home, with or without other children. The family should be open to maintaining contact with her other siblings in care, as well as with her biological mother.

For more information regarding Jaylana, please contact Department of Children and Families (DCF) Adoption Supervisor Eileen Griffin at 978-353-3629. The Worcester DCF Office hosts monthly informational meetings on the second Wednesday of each month for those wishing to learn more about the adoption process in general. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 8 from 6-7 p.m. The DCF Adoption Development & Licensing Unit’s Office is located at 13 Sudbury St. in Worcester. Please call (508) 929-2143 to register and for specifics about parking. In case of inclement weather, please call to verify the meeting is still taking place.

Circle of Friends: Area Adoption Meetings

Thursday, Feb. 3: Southern Region Adoption Info Meeting, Canton Police Department Conference Room, 1492 Washington St., Canton. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. RSVP: (508) 894-3830.

Tuesday, Feb. 7: Western Region Adoption Info Meeting — Department of Children and Families, 140 High St., 5th Floor, Springfield. 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
(413) 452-3369.

Tuesday, Feb. 7: Northern Region Adoption Info Meeting, Jordan’s Furniture: 50 Walkers Brook Dr., IMAX Conference Room, Reading. 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Stephanie Frankel, ADLU supervisor: stephanie.frankel@state.ma.us.

Wednesday, Feb. 8: Central Region Adoption Info Meeting — ADLU Worcester. 13 Sudbury St., Worcester. 6 p.m.-7 p.m. (508) 929-2413.

Wednesday, Feb. 15: Boston Region Adoption Info Meeting, DCF Boston, 451 Blue Hill Avenue, Dorchester. 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. 617-989-9209.

Thursday, Feb. 16: Southern Region Adoption Info Meeting, Morton Hospital, 88 Washington St., Margaret Stone Conference Room, Taunton. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. RSVP: (508) 894-3830.

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