More than 7,000 children are currently living in Bulgarian orphanages with little hope of being adopted in their home country. Over 1,000 of these children have disabilities, ranging from minor to severe. Sandy (not her real name; this is her actual photo) is one of them.
Sandy, born April 23, 2007, has black hair and black eyes and is a healthy girl with excellent self-care skills. Sandy does have a few developmental delays and currently does not speak. She is attending a special school for children with developmental delays and is learning sign language. She understands everything that is said to her and expresses herself non-verbally using gestures and facial expressions. Because signing is difficult for Sandy, she needs individual attention and support to make significant progress. In addition, Sandy loves music, humming along and dancing every chance she gets.
Lutheran Social Services’ International Adoption program has made it a priority to bring hope to children like Sandy. Our staff knows that a sense of belonging is critical to the well-being of every child in our care, and without it, they struggle to meet normal developmental milestones. Children are resilient, but a lack of nurturance can affect their physical growth, intellect and emotional development. We also know from experience that when a child moves from life in an orphanage to a forever home with a family, their physical, emotional, social and intellectual abilities improve significantly, regardless of the age of the child or the quality of the orphanage.
LSS’ International Adoption team is actively looking for a loving family for Sandy and other available Bulgarian children.
If you are interested, or know someone who is, please email Konnie.Gregg@lsss.org or Erin.Patterson@lsss.org for more information about LSS’ Bulgarian Adoption Program. You may also call 800-396-4611 and ask to speak to the International Adoption team.