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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 mild mental disability. Zoey is typically developing. The little Penelope has some delay in growth – she is so tiny, 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 live in the same little town, and they could see each other frequently. Especially in school – Aiden and Zoey go to the same school, and Penelope is in another building situated nearby. The kids reported that they were accepted well in the foster families, and they feel calm and safe there. They are friends with the kids of the foster families, and they 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. 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. Sometimes, when kids are insulting him because of his origin or dark skin, he fights to protect his honor. If the kids act friendly with him, he responds in the same way. His teachers described Aiden as a pure-hearted, honest, active, smiling and loving boy. He prefers the lessons of mathematics and Bulgarian language together with gymnastics and sport. He struggles with memorization and finishing tasks on his own sometimes, but he can complete them when he receives assistance. Aiden protects his sisters in school and on the street if necessary. He feels it is his duty to take care of them. Aiden has a girlfriend, who he loves and likes to share his feelings about. He helps with foster family housework, too.

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. He says he will protect his sisters and “box” anyone who treats them badly.

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.