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February 23rd

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Aiden, Penelope and Zoey

Siblings AIDEN, PENELOPE, and ZOEY were born in December 2006, June 2010, and January 2009, respectively. All three children are in good health. AIDEN has been diagnosed with a mild mental disability. ZOEY is typically developing. PENELOPE has some delay in growth –but physically and mentally, she is doing very well.

These children were removed from a situation of severe neglect and placed into an institution, from which they were later separated into three foster homes. The kids are living in the same little town and they see each other frequently. AIDEN and ZOEY go to the same school and PENELOPE is in another building situated nearby. The kids feel calm and safe with their foster families, and they were friends with the kids of the foster families before moving in and have no conflicts with them.

When AIDEN was removed from the home of his biological mother at the age of 7, he could barely walk and was unable to speak. Given this, plus the fact that he has endured multiple living situations since then, AIDEN has shown amazing progress. This outgoing, friendly boy continues to increase his working vocabulary and he can now speak in sentences with supportive prompts from an adult. AIDEN has a group of friends at school and willingly joins group games although he does not always comprehend the rules. His teachers described AIDEN as a pure-hearted, honest, active, smiling and loving boy. He prefers the lessons of mathematics and Bulgarian language along with gymnastics and sports. He struggles with memorization and finishing tasks on his own sometimes but can complete them when he receives assistance. AIDEN protects his sisters in school and on the street and he feels it is his duty to take care of them, and also helps around the house.

Although he does not comprehend adoption, AIDEN affirms that he wants to live with his younger sisters. His dream is to become a boxer one day and he says that he will protect his sisters and “box” anyone who treats them badly.

PENELOPE is the youngest child. She was born prematurely, and, in December 2017, she had surgery for an inguinal hernia. Otherwise, she is a healthy, bright, little girl with a bright smile who is in first grade this year – and is very proud of that! She is always full of energy, ready to play games or to be involved in little adventures.

PENELOPE works with a resource teacher and psychologist due to difficulties with reading comprehension. She learns best with frequent repetition and encouragement. She is a compassionate girl who enjoys painting, coloring, listening to music, and spending time with her best friends and her older sister.

PENELOPE is independent in her self-service skills and maintains good personal hygiene and a neat appearance.

ZOEY is a gentle, kind, positive and joyful girl. She respects the authority of adults, follows rules, and helps with household chores. ZOEY has a group of friends and shows good skills for joint play as well as independent play. She likes fairy tales and watching children’s movies and is passionate about painting and coloring.

ZOEY copes well with the requirements of school, where she is a diligent student who regularly completes her homework. She works with a resource teacher, receives speech therapy due to mild difficulties with pronunciation, and has sessions with a psychologist. ZOEY takes good care of her personal belongings and is independent with regard to self-service and personal hygiene skills.

ZOEY’s only dream is to live together with her brother and sister.

These siblings urgently need a warm and caring forever home with parents who will show them the love, protection, and encouragement they have never known.

If you would like to find out more about children available for adoption in Bulgaria, contact Upbring International Adoption: email [email protected]. You may also call 800-396-4611 and ask to speak to the International Adoption team.