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Linka & Ilona: Two preteens with hopes of adoption


Linka and Ilona are doing well in separate foster homes in Bulgaria, but would love to find permanency and forever homes in the United States. They are unrelated and would be adopted separately – let’s meet the girls.



Linka2Linka, age 12, attends the sixth grade in a local public school where she receives additional special education support because she is somewhat behind academically. Linka has difficulty concentrating and staying on task, and her teachers report that she is not a motivated student – likely the result of lacking a stable home. In addition, she needs support to enrich her vocabulary, as it is limited, and the ability to express herself. Linka has a temper and has some difficulty regulating her emotions, but is easily consoled or calmed, and seeks help from caregivers when she has difficulties. She demonstrates empathy for others, but can also be mischievous!

Linka is not a shy girl and is said to have good self-esteem. She presents as a neat, well-dressed child who cares about her appearance – insisting that her clothes are color coordinated and likes to accessorize her outfits when not in her school uniform.


Ilona, age 11, currently resides with a foster family in Bulgaria. Described as “empathetic and helpful,” Ilona is interested in music, dance and likes to read. She is said to “communicate easily with classmates and children from the school, and is respectful toward teaching staff – seeking their guidance and advice.” Ilona is a team player and doesn’t have conflicts with other students. She happily and actively participates in games at school, and is more of a follower than a leader.

Ilona’s school reports she has an overall positive attitude about learning and school. Her favorite subjects are social studies and nature, along with, math and music. She participates moderately during class, and if she learns better time management, is expected to achieve greater success.

Ilona is well coordinated with well-developed gross and fine motor skills – she is right on track across physically, psychologically and socially – and is described across the board as “calm and happy.” Doesn’t Ilona sound like a great kid? [Note: New photos of Ilona are on the way.]

If you would like to learn more about Linka or Ilona — or other waiting children in Bulgaria —please contact Upbring International Adoption staff. You can email [email protected] or [email protected]. You may also call 800-396-4611 and ask to speak to the International Adoption team.

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