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Will 2013 Be the Year These Sisters are Adopted?

December 25, 2012

3 sistersWe hope so!

Norah, Brielle, and Darielle are sisters currently living in an orphanage in Bulgaria. Norah, age 12, and her twin sisters, age 9, have proven to be able to adapt to big changes in their lives. They lived with their parents until 2010 when they were placed under the government’s care at a home for children in the city of Vratsa. The sisters are very close, so whatever the future holds, it will be together.

Norah and Darielle both love music and dancing, and are more introverted than Brielle. They all are described by their caseworkers as having good coping and self-help skills. They are healthy, do not have special needs, and attend mainstream classes at school. They have mild intellectual delays and all would thrive with individual attention and academic help.

Norah has told workers at the orphanage that she dreams of being adopted into a new family, whether in Bulgaria or abroad.

These little survivors have had a rough time of it (Darielle has burn scars on her skin; Brielle was admitted to the hospital at age 7 with drug-induced toxification) and deserve to spend the rest of their childhoods in a safe and loving home. We want that to be by next Christmas!

There is a whole lot more to learn about these girls. We would be happy to share additional information with you about them, or other children in Bulgaria awaiting adoption.  Please contact Konnie Gregg by email at Konnie.Gregg@lsss.org or call either 512-454-4611 or 800-396-4611.

Interested in International Adoption? Consider Bulgaria…

November 19, 2012

Lutheran Adoption Services of Texas (LAST, also known as Lutheran Social Services of the South) has facilitated the adoptive placements of well over 3,000 children from other countries since 1967. LAST is the primary provider of adoption for the country of Bulgaria, and we are committed to finding loving homes for Bulgaria’s orphaned children.

Children of all ages and physical conditions currently reside in Bulgarian orphanages and are available for adoption. They include non-special needs children, pre-school to teens, and many with developmental delays due to lack of stimulation and personal attention. The quality of care in Bulgarian orphanages ranges from adequate to outstanding. The Bulgarian government’s first priority is to place older children and children having special needs with families.

We’d like to introduce you to four of these children [Note: their names have been changed but these are their actual photos]:

Steve & Bella

This brother and sister were raised by their parents until 2010, when the parents were deemed incapable of caring for them due to poor health. According to their reports, both children are “clinically healthy with normal physical and mental development.” Steve, born in September 2003, was first diagnosed with epilepsy, then the diagnosis was later dismissed. He’s been determined to have “memory and intelligence relevant for the age with a slightly decreased capacity.” Bella, born in July 2002, has proven to have good memory and intelligence and “good indicators for mental development.”

Steve and Bella must be adopted into the same family.

Bobby & Brandon

These brothers were placed in the orphanage shortly after their births. Bobby, now 12, was born in November 2000, and Brandon, age 11, in September 2001. There is no known data on family history. The brothers are both healthy with normal physical development, yet show decreased intellectual capacity for their ages, not uncommon considering the effects of institutionalization.

Bobby takes a while to warm up to people but can be very affectionate once he does. He is in the fifth grade and receives support and tutoring from a resource team.

Brandon, now in the fourth grade, is called “compassionate and kind,” and like his brother can be initially withdrawn. While both boys have had academic difficulties, Brandon has recently shown an increased interest in learning.

There is a whole lot more to learn about these precious children. We would be happy to share additional information with you about them, or a number of others in Bulgaria awaiting adoption.  Please contact Konnie Gregg by email at Konnie.Gregg@lsss.org or call either 512-454-4611 or 800-396-4611.

Three-Year-Old is Waiting for His New Family

October 24, 2012

Erin Erin was born was born in August 2009 in the Bulgarian town of Gorna Oryahovitsa. After his (premature) birth, he was placed in an orphanage in the town of Pleven. We have no data on his family history.

This is what we do know about Erin:

· He weighed only around 2 lbs. when he was born.

· He has a good appetite and has consistently gained weight (26 lbs. and 33 inches tall at June 2012 weigh-in).

· He likes to play games, and enjoys walks and playing with other children.

· His speech development is slow but coming along and he communicates with other children.

· Potty trained!

· He walks independently but needs a little help on the steps.

· He has formed an emotional bond with staff and his “Grandma” in the orphanage’s Grandma Program.

· He’s cute as can be!

Erin is still a toddler so it is hoped that he can overcome the institutional delays that occur after spending too many early years in an orphanage. The sooner he can be adopted into a loving family (hopefully through LSS) the better for him and his lucky new family!

If you are interested in learning more about Erin, please contact Konnie Gregg by email at Konnie.Gregg@lsss.org or call either 512-454-4611 or 800-396-4611.

This Little Guy From Bulgaria Needs a Family

August 27, 2012

Jarrod Joshua was born prematurely in the Bulgarian town of Gabrovo and was placed in an orphanage for children with medical needs in May 2011. He must be a pretty tough little kid, because he’s doing amazingly well for an infant born at just 26 weeks gestation.

In February and September of 2011, Joshua was checked out by a pediatric cardiologist, had ultrasound tests, and it was all good news! His heart was determined to be “of normal structure and function.” Due to respiratory difficulties and frequent bronchitis he was consulted by a pediatric pulmonologist who diagnosed bronchial asthma.

The last weight and height measurements we have were from April 2012, when he was about 15 ½ lbs. and 26 ½ inches tall. His toughest health challenges seem to be behind him, as it’s reported that he “has a healthy appetite, sleeps soundly, and has no deviations in hearing or vision.”

Joshua is still a baby on the brink of toddlerhood so the institutional delays that occur after spending many early years in an orphanage won’t be as big a factor if he is adopted sooner rather than later. A little more about Joshua: He “laughs out loud” when teased, plays with his toys, is active and energetic, and is especially fond of a “grandmother” who visits in the orphanage’s Grandmother Program.

Joshua has come a long way and will make even greater progress if he can be adopted by a loving family. If you are interested in learning more about him, please contact Konnie Gregg by email at Konnie.Gregg@lsss.org or call either 512-454-4611 or 800-396-4611.

Spotlight on International Adoption

June 11, 2012

This “Waiting Child” video, produced by Rainbowkids, brings awareness to the children waiting for new families and homes through inter-country placements. The past two years, our Lutheran Adoption Services of Texas (LAST) program has concentrated on facilitating adoptions from Bulgaria. As with the children on this video, many have special needs. However, there are many other non-special needs children, pre-school to teens, currently residing in Bulgarian orphanages – ready and waiting for new lives in the United States. The entire adoption process could take less than 12 months for the Bulgarian children with special needs; for the healthy children, ages two and over, the process and the wait is longer.

We’d like to introduce you to these wonderful children! If interested, please contact Konnie Gregg by email at Konnie.Gregg@lsss.org or call either 512-454-4611 or 800-396-4611.

From Bulgaria With Love: These Children Need Loving Homes

December 9, 2011

lineup Texas is a long way from Bulgaria, but in that faraway nation, so many children live in orphanages with little chance of being adopted in their home country. 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.

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.

This is Sergio

sergio He is seven years old now (older than in his photo). Sergio was born in the city of Pleven and placed in an orphanage a week later. He is a healthy child with some general developmental delays, including delayed speech and language for which he receives regular speech therapy. Sergio is small for his age and quite shy. He is described by his caretakers as “a calm child,” which is hard to beat!

Brothers Dondi & Yuri

brothers Dondi and Yuri are two very handsome, healthy brothers, ages 10 and 12. They were both born in the city of Stara Zagora and their mother placed each of them in the area’s orphanage shortly after birth. They share common musical talents. The brothers also share a strong emotional bond

About Dondi: He is an active, well coordinated child with a “very well-developed imagination.” Extroverted and positive by nature, he is described as friendly and cooperative, with good self esteem. Currently, Dondi is in fifth grade and attends a local public school. He has some academic struggles

About Yuri:This 10-year-old is also well-coordinated and his report states that “his fine motor skills are exact and precise and he knows the multiplication tables and is eager to learn; he is motivated and tries to do a good job at school.”

Like his brother, Yuri is very social and at times “presents as verbose.” And here’s something every mother will love: “He keeps a very neat appearance, takes good care of his belongings – folds and keeps clean his clothes.”

Sister & Brother Ludmilla & Gino

Ludmilla&GinoThis brother and sister have an excellent and supportive relationship. Ludmilla is very mature and loving around her brother. They were raised at home during their early years and have lived in the orphanage since 2008.

Eleven-year-old Ludmilla was almost eight before her placement in the orphanage. She is a very bright child who, understandably, is described as somewhat angry and moody. Ludmilla attends the local public school where she is very successful academically. Because of her excellent academic potential she would thrive on additional intellectual challenges and psychological support.

Gino, at age nine, has a sunny disposition, and based on school reports is an average student. He is friendly, builds relationships easily, and is neat and tidy. Gino is a “smiler” and is described as very pleasant and agreeable.

All we want for Christmas is to place these children with loving Texas families! We would be happy to share additional pictures, videos, and detailed information with you. Please contact Konnie Gregg by e-mail at Konnie.Gregg@lsss.org or call either 512-454-4611 or 800-396-4611.

Happy Birthday Marko!

September 14, 2011

Marko Marko [not his real name and picture], a darling little boy with big brown eyes, turns seven on September 14th. Marko lives in an orphanage in the Bulgarian village of Strahilovo, the only “home” he can remember. His 14-year-old mother could not care for him, and he was placed in his first orphanage when less than a month old. Marko is available for adoption to a Texas family through Lutheran Social Services.

From all descriptions, Marko is a delight! His caretakers describe him as “happy and extroverted … with self-help skills that are above those of his peers. He is very neat, dresses and undresses independently, and makes it a point to be well groomed and well dressed.” Marko is an enthusiastic, focused student, and (potential parents will love this) “he makes his bed without help and often offers to help others. He helps set up the tables at meal time.”

Marko enjoys physical activity, especially running and jumping outdoors. He is missing the thumb and pointer finger on his left hand and a radial bone in his left forearm, but this doesn’t seem to slow him down. He is fitted with a splint on his left arm to match his growth, and is receiving physical therapy.

The icing on the birthday cake: Marko has a good clear voice and is a good singer.

We are looking for an adoptive family who will make this Marko’s best year ever. We would be happy to share Marko’s pictures and detailed information with you. Please contact Konnie Gregg by e-mail at Konnie.Gregg@lsss.org or call either 512-454-4611 or 800-396-4611.

A Wide World Awaits Ilya

August 3, 2011

IlyaLife in an institution is the only life six-year-old IIya knows [Note: this is not his real name and photo]. There is so much more to the world than the walls of an orphanage, and nothing would be better for this Bulgarian boy than to be adopted into a loving family in Texas. Everyone working in LSS adoption services wants to make that happen as soon as possible for Ilya.

Born in the Bulgarian town of Sofia May 13, 2005, Ilya is in healthy physical condition (he very rarely gets sick!) but has experienced developmental delays, particularly in speech and language. This is not uncommon for children who have lived in an orphanage since infancy, and he attends a center for early intervention twice a week. Ilya’s self-help skills include being able to feed and dress himself independently, but he currently needs some assistance and reminders for washing his hands, bathing, and brushing his teeth.

A bit of a loner, Ilya seems to prefer solitary play with his favorite toys and objects, which he likes to arrange in a circle. He seeks the approval and attention of caregivers and is at a critical point in his life when the stability (and more importantly the love) of a family is the ticket to the future he deserves.

We would be happy to share Ilya’s pictures and detailed information with you. If interested, please contact Konnie Gregg by e-mail at Konnie.Gregg@lsss.org or call either 512-454-4611 or 800-396-4611.

Angela’s Timeline

June 10, 2011

AngelaLife in an orphanage is the only life 11-year-old Angela remembers. [Note, this is not her real name and picture.] Born March 4, 2000, she was placed by her single parent in an orphanage in Pleven, Bulgaria, in October of 2001. In 10 years she has never been visited by any family members. In October 2010, Angela was moved to an orphanage for “older children” in the village of Totleben, where she adjusted quickly and smoothly.

Without getting melodramatic (“the clock is ticking”; “time is running out…”) there is no doubt that Angela’s future hangs on the hope of being adopted into a loving family in the United States, specifically Texas. A diligent student with a quick memory, her potential, if tapped, is enormous.

Angela is still a little girl in many ways. In orphanage-speak: “Her visual age matches her calendar age. Her overall physical development is normal for her age. She is energetic and has good fine and gross motor skills.” Described as calm, sensitive, and introverted, Angela tends to be shy initially. She has a well-developed imagination and appears to be a budding artist―she loves to draw, paint, sculpt, and make collages.

When considering adoption, there are some real advantages to adopting an older child like Angela. You have a lot more knowledge about their abilities, and get an extra peek inside their emotional make-up and personality.

If you are considering international adoption, we would be delighted to share Angela’s pictures and detailed information with you. Please contact Konnie Gregg by e-mail at Konnie.Gregg@lsss.org or call either 512-454-4611 or 800-396-4611.

Meet Sonya: a little girl who gets the giggles

May 25, 2011

sonya Sonya (not her real name and photo) was born on October 5, 2007, in the Bulgarian village of Medovene. Placed in the orphanage just five months later, the baby girl was given the diagnosis of “failure to thrive.” She is still tiny for her age and while she is somewhat delayed in her physical and neurological development, her institutional delays are quite common.

What Sonya does thrive on is praise! She just lights up when someone says “Well done!” She is described as “lively and responsive to emotional contact” as well as “rarely irritable or capricious.” She giggles happily when playfully teased, and while she speaks in unintelligible phrases she is able to imitate meaningful words.

Sonya has a slight limp in the left leg and only began walking around her second birthday. She can climb up and down stairs while holding someone’s hand and occasionally meets with a physical therapist and a speech/language pathologist. At only 3 ½ years old, Sonya has a hopeful future if she can find a nurturing family to give her the love and attention she needs to flourish.

For more information about adopting Sonya, please contact Konnie Gregg by e-mail at Konnie.Gregg@lsss.org or call either 512-454-4611 or 800-396-4611.

Sonya, like the other Bulgarian children we have been featuring, has special needs and is available for immediate adoption. The entire adoption process could take less than 12 months. Many healthy children, ages two and over, are also awaiting homes and families in the United States, but the process and the wait is longer.

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