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Tuesday's Child: Mentoring a child in need

In Tuesday's Child stories, Adoption Rhode Island and NBC 10's Patrice Wood are always looking for adoptive families for children in state care. But they want you to know that's not the only way to help, as you could become a mentor.

In Tuesday's Child stories, Adoption Rhode Island and NBC 10's Patrice Wood are always looking for adoptive families for children in state care.

But they want you to know that's not the only way to help, as you could become a mentor.

Abby Ciccolo is Jason's mentor. She and her boyfriend first saw him in the Adoption Rhode Island Heart Gallery, and then in a Tuesday's Child story.

That's when they decided to sign up for training through Adoption Rhode Island and Foster Forward. Once approved, committed to one year, an hour a week to Jason.

They take him out to see things he's never seen before and just give him attention.

And on this day, they're hanging out at Wiggle Kids where people of all abilities are encouraged to come and have fun.

Abby's is a graduate student studying applied behavioral analysis and is a perfect match for Jason.

"When we don't see him or he's busy, you feel like you are missing out,” she said. “You miss your buddy. He's become part of our lives."

Every child deserves someone special in his or her life. If you'd like to become a mentor for a foster child, call Adoption Rhode Island at 401-865-6000, or Foster Forward at 401-438-3900, to learn how to get started.

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