Wednesday Child: 12-year-old Zayalani


Wednesday’s Child Zayalani


BOSTON (MARE) – Zayalani, who likes to be called Zaya, is an affectionate and easygoing girl of Puerto Rican descent. She can be shy around new people, but once she opens up, she can bond well with others. Zaya is said to have a caring heart and a strong desire to help others. Some of her favorite activities include crafts, listening to music, spending time outdoors, and spending time with her foster family.

At school, Zaya receives extra support, both academically and emotionally. She does very well with one-on-one attention and also gets along well with her peers.

Legally released for adoption, Zaya has the potential to thrive in a family that can nurture and support her. Her social worker believes she will do well in a family with at least one mother and where she can be the only or youngest child in the house. Future families should be willing to help Zaya maintain her relationship with her sister and her biological father.

For more information, please contact MARE: 617-964-MARE (6273) or visit

Founded in 1981, Wednesday’s Child has been a partnership of the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE), the Department of Children & Families, and WBZ-TV/UKTN Boston. Hosted by Jack Williams for 34 years, this weekly series has given a face and a voice to the kids who wait the longest for families. Wednesday’s Child has helped find homes for hundreds of waiting children and continues to raise awareness about foster care adoption.


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