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A Gem from Bulgaria: Jemma


Jemma (2)Upbring International Adoption, the new Lutheran Social Services of the South, is a primary provider facilitating adoptions from Bulgaria. We have partnered with a non-government organization in Bulgaria called New Beginning Association that is accredited by the Bulgarian government through the Ministry of Justice to assist in intercountry adoption.

Children all over the world are waiting for forever homes and international adoption can be a wonderful way to build your family. We at Upbring welcome the opportunity to guide you through the international adoption process to make an orphaned child a permanent member of your family. Together, we have worked to build an international adoption program that is stable, transparent and focused on the wellbeing of these children and their forever families.

Meet Jemma

Born October 6, 2006, Jemma [not her real name] is cheerful, playful and has a good temperament. She is currently enrolled in public school as a second grade student, and although mainstreamed, Jemma is somewhat cognitively delayed with mild cerebral palsy which affects her fine motor skills. She moves independently, runs, climbs stairs, jumps and is generally physically active. Jemma can manage her physical needs independently – dressing, eating, bathing, etc. – and has acquired the basic skills necessary for reading, writing and arithmetic. Math is her favorite subject.

Jemma is a sweet little girl who likes to be included in social activities, especially if group games and dancing are involved. She enjoys drawing, painting and coloring and can be easily distracted.

Jemma’s speech is somewhat delayed and she best expresses her emotions through actions, words, gestures and facial expressions. She initiates contact with children and adults, enjoys praise and shows pride in her achievements.

If you would like to find out more about Jemma (who looks like she’s on the verge of a curtsy), or other children available for adoption in Bulgaria, contact the LSS/Upbring International Adoption program by emailing [email protected] or [email protected]. You may also call 800-396-4611 and ask to speak to the International Adoption team.

Watch a short video of Jemma

Watch a second short video of Jemma


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