Sonya (not her real name and photo) was born on October 5, 2007, in the Bulgarian village of Medovene. Placed in the orphanage just five months later, the baby girl was given the diagnosis of “failure to thrive.” She is still tiny for her age and while she is somewhat delayed in her physical and neurological development, her institutional delays are quite common.
What Sonya does thrive on is praise! She just lights up when someone says “Well done!” She is described as “lively and responsive to emotional contact” as well as “rarely irritable or capricious.” She giggles happily when playfully teased, and while she speaks in unintelligible phrases she is able to imitate meaningful words.
Sonya has a slight limp in the left leg and only began walking around her second birthday. She can climb up and down stairs while holding someone’s hand and occasionally meets with a physical therapist and a speech/language pathologist. At only 3 ½ years old, Sonya has a hopeful future if she can find a nurturing family to give her the love and attention she needs to flourish.
For more information about adopting Sonya, please contact Konnie Gregg by e-mail at [email protected] or call either 512-454-4611 or 800-396-4611.
Sonya, like the other Bulgarian children we have been featuring, has special needs and is available for immediate adoption. The entire adoption process could take less than 12 months. Many healthy children, ages two and over, are also awaiting homes and families in the United States, but the process and the wait is longer.