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A child in foster-care takes us to his Neverland.

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Nathan Sheldon Ray - February 1, 2016 - 10:38 pm

Let’s find David’s family!

Jesicca Iriarte - February 2, 2016 - 12:40 pm

Sharing. Good luck David, it’s been too long without your family.

Heidi Gordon - February 2, 2016 - 1:05 pm

I hope David is able to find his family soon. As an adoptive mom & a bio mom, I can say that the love I feel for my boys is equal in every way.

Amanda Johnson - February 2, 2016 - 3:33 pm

I hope he finds his mom and family. I shared this and hope it helps!

Jessica Buster - February 3, 2016 - 2:21 am

I hope he finds a loving home soon. I felt a twinge of temptation looking at your photos, despite it being extremely impractical for us!

Sarah Noack - February 3, 2016 - 3:17 am

Shared. In tears. I so wish I could adopt this awesome kid. I live in Central MA too, and I’m a single parent with a 12 year old with special needs and chronic health issues of my own that make parenting just one child very challenging. But I’d adopt him in a second if I knew I could responsibly do so right now. I have always wanted to adopt an older child and life just didn’t work out that way in the end. I can’t stand the thought of a kid growing up that long without a family. Praying that he finds the forever mom he so much deserves. What else can I do to help kids like David know they are loved and supported? I’d like to do the birthday gifts and cards, but what about when it’s not their birthdays? My own daughter has spent time in placements similar to group homes due to her complex needs, and I have some idea how lonely these places can be.

Penelope Wayne-Shapiro - February 4, 2016 - 2:41 am


Deborah Engler - February 4, 2016 - 2:50 pm

Beautiful photo essay. My favorite shots are the ones with tongue out because they echo my own family photos :) It made me pause because along with his quirky smile and invitation into his magical world, he could be part of my tribe. I wish I wish. But alas, I’m a perfectly imperfect single mom on my own journey. However, his smile will be the object of my compassionate and joyful attention which might just help him a little insy bit attract his perfectly imperfect mom!

Jessica Dumphy - February 7, 2016 - 11:56 pm

I have also shared on Facebook and will be reaching out to Nicole to see what my family can do to be of help to David and others in similar situations. Thank you for the work and love you put into David’s story. It is beautiful, he is beautiful, and I hope that it helps him find his family soon.

Kate Woods - February 9, 2016 - 1:47 am

Any updates on David? Hoping he’s found his family.

Beth Gallagher - February 9, 2016 - 2:28 am

As an adoptive mom myself, I know the bond between mom and child. I will do my very best to help find David’s mom and family! Have shared on Facebook and Twitter, and will share with my adoptive community. This boy is special.

PJ Stuart - February 9, 2016 - 2:35 am

Wow, this is so sad to see. Why has he been in the system so long? As a foster mother, I am always perplexed at how long it take to terminate parental rights and offer children permanancy. Some children have been going back and forth from biological family to foster families since birth. And how does he have a little brother living with grandparents while he’s in care? So many unanswered questions as with most children in state care. Bless his heart. He so deserves a Mama.

CJ Redwine - February 9, 2016 - 4:30 am

I live too far away to enter, but I’m advocating for him. As a mom of 5, two of whom are adopted, I want to just take him home with me. I don’t live in MA, though, so I’m not sure if he’s allowed to leave the state. But I’ll share this and pray that we find a loving home for him!

Kia Bordner - February 9, 2016 - 5:27 am

My 13 year old son would love a brother like David. This story has touched me deeply, it’s tearing me up that we’re on the West Coast. All my Love & prayers that David’s mother finds him soon.

Stacy Tigh - February 9, 2016 - 6:10 am

If I could bring him to Sunny San Diego California, I would do it now. But I am sure he would miss home. I hope he finds his mom very soon, I know she is out there looking for him.

Lana Stephenson Luke - February 9, 2016 - 4:19 pm

Please keep us updated on David’s search. I am praying that the right family will see the post.

Jennifer Katt Padgett Hoppe - February 9, 2016 - 4:54 pm

Please keep us updated! I would love to help, but I am all the way in Texas. I want to make sure this growing young man is well taken care of. He deserves it!

Beth Early - February 9, 2016 - 6:42 pm

Shared, and shared by several friends. I pray this sweet boy finds the family he deserves. I will be emailing to see how I can help until he does. Thank you for sharing his story.

Elain Ponce De Leon - February 9, 2016 - 8:22 pm

Good luck David!

Alaina DeVasto King - February 9, 2016 - 8:27 pm

Shared with fingers crossed – thank you for posting.

Erin Daley - February 9, 2016 - 9:26 pm

Shared – I so wish we were in a position to adopt. :(

Heather Robidoux - February 9, 2016 - 10:01 pm

We would love to do something for his birthday! What does he like/ enjoy?

Heather Jackson - February 9, 2016 - 10:05 pm


Amy Roeder - February 9, 2016 - 10:12 pm

I sent an email. I hope it’s me.

Karrine Elizabeth - February 9, 2016 - 11:29 pm

I LOVE being a mother – I am sure there is a mother out there -one who wants to LOVE being a MOM- just waiting to become ‘David’s Mom’ and she will be the best mom in the world.

Tami Welchman Ward - February 9, 2016 - 11:29 pm

I have plenty of room in my heart but not the physical room in my home We are sending him some birthday presents from the Ward family.

Launa Martin - February 10, 2016 - 1:56 am

This moved me to tears, in a big and powerful way. If I still lived in New England I may have found myself driving to David immediately upon reading. I shared this story and I hope with all my heart he is welcomed into a loving home very soon. Sending so much love to you, David! I wish I could be your mom!

Jenna Glatzer - February 10, 2016 - 8:43 pm

I emailed. I’m in NY and I hope he finds a local family who will love h forever, but my daughter and I are happy to be a backup plan. We’re going to arrange a home study. Thank you for sharing his story. More, please. We need to hear these kids’ stories.

Andrea Najjar Mahoney - February 10, 2016 - 9:21 pm

Emailed and hoping to hear back ❤️❤️❤️

Sky Davis - February 11, 2016 - 2:17 am

What an amazing beautiful boy. I’m a kinship foster parent in the process of adoption. I’ll be reaching out to his worker to see if I can help in some manner. David is an incredibly resilient child, the simple fact that he has been able to hold on to his boyhood while being in the system for so long is miraculous and heart warming. He is a very special child who deserves the love he longs for.

Erin McGuiggin Behen - February 11, 2016 - 3:37 am

Poor baby just wants a Mumma. So many kids take that for granted and it’s all he wants. I hope sharing helps.

Leigh Salvage - February 11, 2016 - 5:45 am

This is so beautifully written. It could be written about how many foster kids like him? I deeply hope he finds his family soon. And wish the grandparents could be supported to help have him reunited with them as well. So many solutions that are not being worked on. How many kids are not with families because of “poverty” in general? I’d likely be ineligible because of my low income. I am adopted and have always wanted to adopt. I’m not fully sure anymore because I’ve had four kids of my own and have some health issues! And am a single mom. But if things shift just a bit… I’ve also wanted to adopt a “sibling group” but would prefer to do so with a partner than as a single parent… Shared on FB.

Deanna Sheridan - February 13, 2016 - 2:53 pm

This is so beautifully written. I cried when I read it and dearly hope David finds the home and mother he is looking for. I’ve shared his story on my FB wall and would love to do more – I will contact Nichole at MARE about his birthday. Thank you so much for putting together this project and reaching out to help kids like David.

Gina Bryant - February 13, 2016 - 3:34 pm

I’d love to take in a teen like David. However, none of the workers are willing to place out of birth order, and he’d have to share a room with my 8 year old (also adopted from Massachusetts)

Faith KP - February 13, 2016 - 6:00 pm

This brought me to tears!! Best wishes, Sweet David I know your Mama is out there. She just doesn’t know you have been looking for her. I’ve shared your story in hopes that it will bring her to you!

Catherine Cavanaugh - February 13, 2016 - 7:08 pm

This is beatufifuly written and photographed. He seems like a special kid and this special story will hopefully help him find a special family. I am the proud mother of two children adopted through MA foster care, at ages 3 and 11, now 7 and 16. I will share look forward to seeign an update.

Ellen Chaplan Jannol - February 14, 2016 - 8:51 pm

What a beautiful, sweet boy- I would so love to adopt a child. I will share this on my FB page in hopes that it will help find David a wonderful, loving, forever family to call his own.

Amanda Mac - February 22, 2016 - 2:12 am

What a beautiful boy… and a heartbreaking story. So many heartbreaking stories out there. Thank you for bringing some very special attention to this young man! .. and please do it again and again for others.. Good luck finding your mama, David!

Love, a mom of 6 (1 bio, 3 adopted & 2 foster)