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Downing joins MARE's Waiting Child Portrait Project
November 04, 2015

BOSTON – State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) is one of 50 state legislators displaying a Heart Gallery portrait of a Massachusetts child waiting for adoption in his State House office this November.  This initiative, the Waiting Child Portrait Project, is sponsored by the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc. (MARE) to raise the public’s awareness of the children currently in foster care here in the Commonwealth.

Downing’s portrait is of 9 year old Dhamanjie, a handsome, smiling young man who says “I love Superheroes. Spiderman is one of my favorites.”

November is National Adoption Month, and Friday, November 20th is National Adoption Day.  This year, MARE is partnering with state legislators who will host photos in their Beacon Hill offices and post information about National Adoption Month on their social media pages.  MARE hopes their Waiting Child Project will cast a spotlight on children seeking “forever families” as well as highlight services available to families who are considering adoption.

MARE identifies permanent homes for children in foster care, including sibling groups and children who are traditionally harder to place.  By recruiting and supporting families throughout the adoption process and targeting recruitment efforts to find families for specific children, MARE has helped place more than 6,500 children.

For more information about MARE or the Waiting Child Portrait Project, visit



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