December 06, 2019
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Doreen, 16, rides horses, loves sports

At 16, Doreen is at risk of never having an adoptive family, even though she would like one very much. Doreen came into state care in 1996.

This energetic young lady enjoys participating in a variety of activities, playing sports and riding horses. Doreen was filmed recently at Flying Changes Center for Therapeutic Riding in Topsham for a “Thursday’s Child” television profile on WGME 13. Doreen likes horseback riding and hopes to resume riding lessons on a regular basis this summer.

Doreen, who has a beautiful smile and has been described as “really outgoing,” also enjoys roller skating and is very involved in her church, where she participates in the youth group and sings in the choir.

She would be most successful with a two-parent family (mother and father) or with a single-parent family (mother). Christianity is very important to Doreen and she is looking for a family that is willing to help her continue her Christian faith and education.

Doreen really likes to be active and is open to trying new activities. She has enjoyed skiing and whitewater rafting in the past and is interested in learning how to cook.

Because she has some educational challenges at school, Doreen will need a family that will advocate for her educationally.

Doreen has two biological sisters and would like to maintain contact with them. Any family that is interested in parenting Doreen must be willing to continue these relationships.

Doreen would be most successful in a family that can focus most of its attention on her, rather than in a home where there are a number of other children.

For information about Doreen or the more than 200 other Maine children seeking an adoptive home, contact A Family For ME at 1-877-505-0545 or www.afamilyforme.org.

Correction: This column ran in the Final edition on Monday, May 25, 2004.

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