Tuesday's Child: Mentoring a child in need

Tuesday's Child stores are not always about looking for adoptive families. For those not in a position to adopt, there is another way to help: mentoring.

Tuesday's Child stores are not always about looking for adoptive families. For those not in a position to adopt, there is another way to help: mentoring.

Eleven-year-old Jason is a happy boy with special needs, and he thrives when he can be part of the action.

He's a fan of the Beatles and percussion.

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, they committed to one year, one hour a week to Jason.

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

Ciccolo 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. You miss your buddy. He's become part of our lives," Ciccolo said.

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 or Foster Forward to learn how to get started at 401-865-6000.

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