Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange

Registration # 5036
D.O.B. 05/04

Hi! My name is Deon’na.
My future profession will be helping children who are in need.

And here’s what others say…
Deon’na is a friendly twelve-year-old girl of African American descent. Some of Deon'na’s favorite activities are dancing, cheerleading, and playing other sports. She also likes fashion, getting her hair done and would like to get into modeling some day. When thinking about her future, Deon'na talks about wanting to be a mother, and possibly a teacher or another type of job where she can help children.

Deon'na’s cognitive functioning is in the average range, but her past trauma frequently interferes with her school work and in other areas of her life. She tends to get easily distracted and struggles with peer interactions. She is currently in a small, therapeutic setting at her local public school, where she has access to a clinician when she needs to take a break. Deon’na has benefitted from having her clinician at school and from being in consistent therapy. She is learning relaxation techniques to help her stabilize and manage her emotions. Deon'na has grown very close to her current foster family and enjoys the large family gatherings and closeness of relationships. She enjoys one on one attention and is always happy to see a familiar face. Deon'na has done really well in her current foster home due to having a strict, structured environment.

Legally freed for adoption, Deon’na should be placed in a home with a single mother, two moms or a mother/father configuration. She can be with other children or be an only child. An ideal family will be strong, understand mental health needs, understand attachment issues, help with her school needs, and ensure that she remains in therapy. Deon’na also needs to maintain contact with her 3 brothers and visit with her birth mother two times per year.

You can help bring me closer to finding "a place to call HOME" by filling out the MARE Information Request Form. They will be glad to help you get more information about me.


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