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A picture is worth a thousand words.  It also could be worth a new home for a child in need.

“There is something about seeing the face of a child awaiting adoption that speaks to the heart,” said Jake Murtaugh with MARE, Inc. “Each picture captures the child’s personality and has a short description.”

Murtaugh, along with colleague Danielle Ferriola, have spent this November – National Adoption Month- bringing photos of children to offices in and around the statehouse for display. Forty-one

Representing MARE, Danielle Ferriola and Jake Murtaugh hold up signs located in the Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Representing MARE, Danielle Ferriola and Jake Murtaugh hold up the portraits located in the Executive Office of Health and Human Services

legislative offices have hosted pictures featuring some of the 600 children in foster care who are in need of a permanent home.

At the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, visitors will see 15-year-old Ebony who is looking for a “family that shares my love for reading and horses,” and 10-year-old David who loves comic books and who wishes he had “powers just like my favorite superheroes.”

The project, created by the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) aims to find a permanent placement for children and teens in foster care in Massachusetts. While they have put together displays for events highlighting the portraits, this is the first year the photos have made their way into specific offices.

“We have already received one inquiry on one of the children in a portrait,” said Ferriola. “It’s very rewarding work.”

You can view a gallery of children available for adoption here.

 

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