- Case #Sybil
Sisters Sybil and Sinead were born in 2002 and 2004 respectively. Both girls are healthy and developmentally on target. Sinead has a history of several psychogenic non-epileptic seizures.
Update March 2017: Sybil and Sinead have endured so many disappointments that while they want very much to be adopted, they are losing hope of this ever happening. Our in-country representative who recently visited the girls shares that they have a close relationship despite their different temperaments. Sybil has a strong personality with well-develop leadership qualities. She has decided that she wants to become a psychologist so that she can talk to people to tell them that there is always hope and not to give up. Sinead is quieter by nature. She voices her opinions but tends to allow her sister to make decisions for them. These sisters so deserve the unconditional love and acceptance of a forever family.
Update September 2015: Our in-country representative visited Sybil and Sinead and found them to be a wonderful sibling group with great potential to integrate into a family and succeed in life.
Toward the end of 2014, the sisters, along with several other children, were placed into a new orphanage. The transition was difficult for all of them and all the children were on their worst behavior. Sybil has since made significant progress in controlling her emotions and appropriately expressing her feelings and thoughts. She treats her educators with respect. Sybil is the smartest child in the orphanage and doing very well in school where she currently attends 7th grade. She speaks with a rich vocabulary, has well-organized thoughts, and presents clear arguments. She is determined and open. Sybil has discovered a talent and passion for cooking and has even baked bread and made jam. She likes volleyball, going for walks and watching TV.
Sinead is much quieter than her sister, but a pleasant, respectful child who hopes to become a preschool teacher one day. She enjoys playing basketball and drawing. Sinead is currently in fifth grade and likes attending school. Her academic challenges stem solely from her social history, not from her cognitive capabilities, and she is motivated for learning and makes great effort toward progress. Sinead has not ever had any organic seizures, but rather experienced four or five "hysterical seizures" during episodes of high stress at her previous orphanage.
Our in-country representative inquired regarding the abuse the girls were said to have experienced and learned that neither has ever been abused. For further information about how and why these statements were entered into their records, please contact us.
The girls have a close relationship and dream of being adopted into a loving family that would give them the care and attention their birth parents didn't.
2015: Sybil is an extroverted, communicative teen who is eager and motivated to learn and who strives for success. Sybil has steady attention and concentration, good orientation in time and space, and prompt responses to perceived stimuli. She is highly confident and shows leadership qualities which sometimes veer into bossiness and aggression. Sybil expresses her thoughts easily, energetically and convincingly. She shows proactive and creative thinking, a well-developed imagination, and original ideas. Sybil hopes to pursue a law degree at a university.
Sinead is far more introverted than her older sister and takes her time in responding to different situations and completing tasks. She is generally calm and stable, but experiences some fears and anxieties in certain situations. She's cautious around strangers. Sinead has good attention, concentration and memory, proper reasoning, a vivid imagination and creative ideas. She can read and write, but prefers math classes to language and literature. She is willing and motivated to learn, but would benefit from the help of a resource teacher. Sinead is not a chatty child, but does have a need for communication with others and for group activities. She shows warmth in her relationships and seeks love and support from adults.
Both girls wish to be adopted together.
THIS CHILD MUST BE ADOPTED FROM THE FOREIGN COUNTRY OF HIS/HER RESIDENCE.
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