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unusual anymore. Same-sex couples in Massachusetts can adopt and interracial adoption and marriage are more common. But it’s still the case that race matters and white adoptive parents of children of color need to learn about the ways in which it matters. Marlene G. Fine, a Simmons College Professor of Communications, & Fern L. Johnson, a Clark University Professor of English, are authors of the new book The Interracial Adoption Option: Creating a Family Across Race (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2013).


CIRCLEOFFRIENDS Northern Region Adoption Info Meetings – DCF. Monday, Dec. 2, 6 to 7 p.m. Jordan’s Furniture, 50 Walkers Brook Drive, Reading. To RSVP, please call Stephanie Frankel at 978557-2734 and leave a voice message if you plan to attend. Western Region Adoption Info Meetings – DCF. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 4 to 6 p.m. Mass. Department of Children and Families (DCF) – Springfield, 140 High St., 5th floor, Springfield. For questions or to RSVP, contact Dawn Sweetman at 413-452-3369.

Southern Region Adoption Info Meetings – DCF. Monday, Dec. 16, 6 to 8 p.m. Canton Police Station, 1492 Washington St., Canton. For questions or RSVP contact Nancy Kinder at 508-894-3815. Boston Region Adoption Info Meetings – DCF. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 4 to 5:30 p.m. DCF Boston, 451 Blue Hill Ave., Dorchester. Learn how you can change the future of a child in need by becoming a foster or adoptive parent with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. For more information, contact

Marsha Donovan, LCSW at 617-989-9209. No registration is required. Southern Region Adoption Info Meetings – DCF. Thursday, Dec. 19, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Morton Hospital, 88 Washington St., Taunton. For questions or RSVP, contact Mary Ward at 508894-3963. Please submit January’s adoption-related events by Sunday, Dec. 1 at (click calendar/submit an event).


Paloma Paloma has had to assume a great deal of responsibility at a young age and really needs to be the focus of the family so she can enjoy just being a teenager. This 15-year-old young lady is of Dominican descent. She is a quiet girl who can be shy at first. Paloma likes to dance, cheer, shop and have her nails done. Paloma does well in school where she is working at grade level. She gets along well with her peers and has a small group of friends who are important to her. She prides herself on not missing a day of school. Paloma hopes to attend college one day. Her social worker is looking for a two-parent family (mom/dad, mom/ mom) or a single mom who would help Paloma maintain a relationship with her younger brother. Paloma is legally free for adoption. For more information on Paloma, please contact Department of Children and Families (DCF) Adoption Supervisor Eileen Griffin at (978) 353-3629. The Worcester DCF Adoption Office holds monthly meetings for people wishing to learn more about the adoption process in general. The next informational meeting will be held on Monday, December 9th from 6 -7:30 p.m. Please call (508)929- 2143 to register.

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