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Alessia from Bulgaria



from Bulgaria

Siblings Alessia, Luna, and Aldo were born in October 2000, February 2007, and October 2009, respectively. All three children are in good health. Alessia has been diagnosed with moderate cognitive delay. Luna is typically developing. Aldo has been diagnosed with expressive speech disorder, unspecified disorder in the development of scholastic skills, and mild cognitive delay.

These children were removed from a situation of severe neglect and placed into an institution, from which they were later separated into two foster homes. Alessia and Luna now live with an elderly foster mother who reportedly can be irritable and unkind, telling the girls that they are worthless and unwanted. Aldo resides with a different foster mother in a town about 25 miles away. The siblings are rarely all together for visits.

ALESSIA is a shy, dispirited, insecure girl who often isolates herself and whose sense of self-worth is nearly nonexistent. When conversing with others she is passive and indecisive, she avoids eye contact, and she keeps her distance. Alessia has difficulty asking and answering questions and voicing her opinion. Despite a lack of trust and connection with her foster mother, Alessia treats her with respect just as she does with other authority figures. She is a compassionate girl who enjoys painting, coloring, listening to music, and spending time with her best friend.

Alessia works with a speech therapist, psychologist, and pedagogue due to a poor vocabulary, difficulty with reading comprehension, dyslexia, and dysgraphia. She learns best with frequent repetition and encouragement. Alessia is in her last year of education at an auxiliary school. She is independent in her self-service skills and independently maintains good personal hygiene and a neat appearance.

Our in-country representative shares that Alessia has taken to heart the negative comments she’s heard for her entire life. She does not see herself as capable and does not believe anyone could really love her.

LUNA is a gentle, kind, and timid girl. Like her sister she lacks self-confidence and shows reticence in asking and answering questions and stating her opinions; however, when in a known and secure environment Luna is positive and joyful. She respects the authority of adults, follows rules, and helps with household chores. Luna has a group of friends and shows good skills for joint play as well as independent play. She likes fairytales and watching children’s movies and is passionate about painting and coloring.

Luna 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 and a pedagogue. Luna takes good care of her personal belonging and is independent with regard to self-service and personal hygiene skills.

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

When he was removed from the home of his biological mother at the age of 7, ALDO could barely walk and was unable to speak. Given this, plus the fact that he has endured multiple living situations since then, Aldo 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. Aldo has a group of friends at school and willingly joins group games although he does not always comprehend the rules. He has struggles with memorization and finishing tasks on his own but can complete them when he receives assistance. He has difficulty with change. Aldo understands right from wrong, shows good manners, and likes to demonstrate his skills to others. He enjoys drawing, playing soccer, Legos, and watching cartoons.

Although he does not comprehend adoption, Aldo affirms that he wants to live with his older sisters. His dream is to become a boxer one day and he says about his sisters that he will protect them 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. Time is running out for Alessia, as once she turns 18 in October she will forever have lost her chance at adoption.


Disclaimer: This information has been provided to Hopscotch from various sources such as foreign doctors, orphanage directors, nannies, ministry officials, foundation representatives, attorneys and translators. If you have any questions regarding the information stated in the children’s reports, please consult with your International Adoption specialist. Hopscotch cannot attest to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Information can change over time as children develop or through human error in recording data.

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