Adrian from Bulgaria
Adrian was born in February 2003. He has asthma with predominant allergic component. He no longer requires daily medication but receives climatotherapy and physical therapy annually at a children’s hospital for pulmonary diseases. Adrian’s development is on target. Update May 2018: Adrian dreams of having a family “more than anything.” The psychologist from his group home shares that he has matured significantly over the past few months. He is a bright, reasonable, thoughtful teen who can assess conflict situations and react accordingly. Adrian continues to show a keen sense of athleticism and has recently started triathlon training. When our in-country representative apologized for putting Adrian through another session of pictures and videos so as to continue to advocate for a permanent family for him, he replied, “It’s OK. I can do it as many times as needed. Just find my family.” Update Jan 2018: Adrian continues to be a diligent, respectful boy who adapts well to new situations. He freely expresses himself, has a good sense of humor, and enjoys entertaining others by beatboxing and acting. He shows interest in group activities as well as in individual pursuits, especially sports and arts and crafts. Adrian currently attends 8th grade at a professional mechanic high school. He has a strong desire to be adopted. Update May 2017: Our in-country representative shares that Adrian is a smart, polite boy who dreams of having a forever family, but sadly, is starting to lose hope as time continues to pass. He is motivated by praise from adults, and is handy, artistic, and studious. Adrian plans to apply to a specialized school for mechanical engineering next fall. His favorite activities are soccer, riding his bike, electronic games, watching action movies, chess, and reading books and encyclopedias. Update September 2016: Adrian is an active, communicative boy who continues to be in good health. He will begin 7th grade in a new school this year. An inquisitive teen, Adrian enjoys reading science and history books in his spare time, as well as writing and singing songs, performing magic tricks, and playing and watching sports, especially judo. He is well-accepted among his peers and has many friends. Adrian is respectful of adults, readily completes household chores, and is proud of his newly-acquired cooking skills. He expresses a clear desire to be adopted. Adrian deserves the consistency and encouragement of a forever family to help him reach his potential in life. Update April 2016: Adrian is doing well and developmentally on target. He has not had any asthma attacks and is not currently taking medication for the condition. Adrian is a calm and stable child with positive and harmonic emotions. He shows empathy toward others. At the moment, Adrian is looking for approval of peer and older teenagers whom he tries to emulate. Adrian currently attends 6th grade where he is studious, but works slowly and struggles to master the material. He requires help in planning, organizing and completing his school work. Adrian is experiencing ethnic discrimination at school which hurts and offends him. He does not seek conflicts and is usually tolerant and judicious around other children, but he will defend himself with verbal aggression when attacked. Adrian likes riding his bike, playing sports, practicing judo, entertaining others with his performance talents, arts and crafts, reading the encyclopedia and watching science movies. He hopes to be adopted. 2015: Adrian is a well-coordinated teen who has good command of his body and motor skills. He is well oriented about himself as well as in time and space. He loves soccer which he practices at a local facility as well as badminton which he plays at a children's club. He enjoys crafts of any kind and is skillful in creating them. Adrian is a bit of an introvert who seeks peace and quiet, but makes conversation and appropriately expresses his feelings. His vocabulary is age-appropriate. He comes out of his shell to show his artistic side by entertaining others with role-playing, break-dancing and beat-boxing. Sometimes he and a friend perform magic tricks for the other children at the orphanage. Adrian plays with other children, but also knows how to keep busy on his own. He generally observes rules and norms of behavior and responds well to praise. He's a socially adaptive, calm, and tolerant boy who has many friends. Adrian has completed fifth grade with the help of a resource teacher. He has been diagnosed with a learning disability, but still receives fair to good grades. He does especially well with narrative subjects and struggles most with math and foreign languages. Adrian lived with his birth family until he was two. He hopes to be adopted.