Vera (not her real name; this is her actual photo), age 2 ½, currently resides in a specialized institution, the Center for Medical & Social Care for Children in Bulgaria. She was placed at the Center a week after birth, the ninth child born to her birth mother—there is very little family history data available beyond that. A diagnosis of Down Syndrome “with generalized delays” was confirmed when she was three months old.
Vera is reported to have a very sweet disposition, enjoys playing with toys, and seeks the attention of adults she knows. She laughs and turns when her name is called. She “speaks” in long focused strings of sounds and combinations of sounds of speech, imitating adults.
Vera’s development and potential will depend on the commitment of caring adults. Like so many children residing in orphanages in Bulgaria and other countries, what Vera needs most is a family. For children like Vera, international adoption is not only the best option, but the only option for a permanent family. Domestic adoption options are very limited for older children, children in larger sibling groups, and those like Vera with special medical needs.
A new foreign adoption bill before Congress —the Children in Families First Act (CHIFF)—could be significant to future generations of orphans like Vera. The bill does two things: It creates a new bureau in the State Department that will work to find homes for children, through both domestic and international means, and loosens some of the red tape that now prevents and ties up adoptions from foreign countries.
CHIFF hopes to use tax dollars to reduce the number of orphans living without families, while also working with other countries to improve the lives of children in orphanages. LSS, along with many other Christian organizations, is on the growing list of CHIFF’s supporters.
If you are interested in learning more about Vera, or other children awaiting adoption in Bulgaria, we would be happy to share additional information with you. Please contact Konnie Gregg by email at [email protected] or call either 512-454-4611 or 800-396-4611.