There are nearly 10,000 orphans in Bulgaria, although many have living parents and are not available for adoption. The poverty in Bulgaria is overwhelming. While there is prosperity in the capital city of Sofia, there is also extreme poverty in the rural areas of this small country of 7 million people. Bulgaria is the poorest in the European Union and life is very hard for most of the population.
Texas is a long way from Bulgaria, but in that faraway nation, so many children of all ages and physical conditions live in orphanages with little chance of being adopted in their home country.
Many of these little survivors have had a rough time of it. Most are of Roma ancestry, and some of them have developmental delays, a common side effect of institutionalized group living. What these children need is a chance. They need the love and stability of a real family, and a life conducive to reaching their full potential. They deserve to spend the rest of their childhoods in safe and loving homes, which is what the international adoption specialists at LSS work so hard to achieve.
The Bulgarian government’s first priority is to place older children and children with special needs with families.
We’d like to introduce you to five of these children, all between the ages of 10–12 ½. We have been given permission to publish their real photos but not their real names. Some of the photos are more than a year old, but you can still catch a glimpse of how special each child is.
Although Nadine has had some academic difficulty, she has currently been receiving individualized support and instruction at school with good results.
Meet Teri: Teri, a 12-year-old girl, is a very good student, exhibiting an excellent vocabulary and good language skills. She also has good fine motor skills and enjoys arts, crafts, and building things.
Teri receives treatment for a congenital kidney problem, but is a healthy girl. Although she has been described as inattentive and occasionally rebellious, she responds positively to individualized guidance and support.
Here’s Anthony: Twelve-year-old Anthony has been described as helpful, kind, charming and funny, but he can also be feisty and rebellious. His caregivers have shared that he responds positively to consistency and kindness.
Anthony currently receives individualized support in school.
Hello Cecil: Cecil is a 12 ½-year-old boy described as friendly, respectful, and very good about following rules at the orphanage where he lives.
Cecil was diagnosed with significant developmental delays, requiring individualized support at school and speech therapy. Otherwise he has no additional physical or mental health issues.
Introducing Raymond: Raymond, 8 ½ years old, lived with his birth family for the first three years of his life. For the last four years he has lived with a foster family and thrived in their care. Unfortunately, the family is unable to adopt him and hopes to find him a permanent, loving family.
Raymond is a healthy boy and is described by his foster parents as a calm, easygoing child who follows the rules and does not get into trouble. He loves to paint and color and also enjoys physical exercise and outdoor play. He receives special academic instruction in school and speech/language support.
There is a whole lot more to learn about these five children. We would be delighted to share additional information with you about them, or a number of others in Bulgaria awaiting adoption. They include non-special needs children, pre-school to teens. Please contact Konnie Gregg by email at [email protected] or call either 512-454-4611 or 800-396-4611.
The LSS International Adoption program began facilitating adoptions with Bulgaria in the fall of 2010. We have partnered with New Beginning Association, a foundation accredited by the Bulgarian government, to provide international adoption services, and have matched six children with new families in the U.S. One adoption has been completed and two more are imminent.