Hi! My name is Carmela and my dream is to become an Olympic gymnast!

Carmela is an 11-year-old girl of African American descent who describes herself as funny, silly and talkative. Carmela is athletic and she enjoys activities such as gymnastics, basketball and soccer. Her favorite gymnasts are Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles, and her favorite basketball player is LeBron James. Carmela likes watching basketball and gymnastics videos on YouTube, and she often reads chapter books about her favorite sports too! Some of the other activities Carmela enjoys are painting and listening to music. She also likes animals, specifically Maltese dogs. When she grows up, Carmela wants to become an Olympic gymnast, an actress, a teacher or a doctor.

In school, Carmela’s favorite subjects are science, art and music. She enjoys going to school and learning new things. Carmela also really enjoys family time and responds well to caretakers who provide a lot of structure and redirection. Carmela is very social with both adults and children, and she is always interested in building relationships. The adults in her life say Carmela is curious and asks lots of questions.

Carmela is legally freed for adoption and would thrive in a family that has previous parenting experience. It is recommended that Carmela is placed in a home with two parents, as the youngest or only child. Interested families will need to be willing to maintain relationships Carmela has with members of her birth family.

Can you provide the guidance, love and stability that a child needs? If you’re at least 18 years old, have a stable source of income, and 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.

The process to adopt a child from foster care requires training, interviews, and home visits to determine if adoption is right for you, and if so, to help connect you with a child or sibling group that your family will be a good match for.

To learn more about adoption from foster care, call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) at 617-54-ADOPT (617-542-3678) or visit www.mareinc.org.