Andrew from European Union
Siblings Andrew and Abram were born in April 2006 and April 2007, respectively. They are clinically healthy and have been in state care since September 2013. Even though the boys do not live in the same foster home, efforts have recently been increased to fortify their sibling connection and prepare them for international adoption into the same family. Andrew and Abram have a younger sister who was previously listed with them but is no longer eligible for adoption. Update May 2022: Both brothers continue to be healthy and to make developmental progress. Last spring Andrew graduated from 8th grade with a specialization in Automation Equipment and he enjoys his course of study as a current 9th grader. His foster family is helping him prepare for adult life and independence. Abram is now in 7th grade and has chosen to focus on Culinary Arts. He is a smart and motivated student but does not do as well when online instruction is necessitated by the pandemic. Andrew and Abram have received professional support to further their understanding of adoption and to come to terms with the fact that their sister is being adopted without them. The brothers acknowledge that they, too, could be separated for adoption and express their desire to find a permanent loving family although Abram is losing hope that anyone would choose them. Since Andrew has now turned 16, his only chance to be adopted is together with Abram. 2021: Mature ANDREW remembers most from the time in their family of origin where he was taking care of his little sister. His mild delays are thought to be caused by social and pedagogic neglect in his birth family. Cognitive testing performed in 2020 established a borderline IQ for Andrew, but he reached a higher score in a non-verbal assessment. Despite these results, Andrew shows above average fine motor skills, uses his imagination to address tasks, and skillfully analyzes emotions. Andrew currently attends 8th grade where he struggles to meet the curricular demands. Based on his academic level at the end of fifth grade, Andrew lost access to learning support, which sadly caused his motivation for learning to drop and the scholastic gap to widen between him and his classmates. He is cooperative with his friends and enjoys participating in group activities. Andrew likes to watch superhero movies and wants to be a car mechanic when he grows up. Andrew has a positive view of adoption and his foster family is supportive in preparing him for a possible transition into a permanent family. ABRAM is an expressive and calm teen whose cognitive development is reported to be on target. He has no difficulties mastering the school curriculum and receives good grades. Abram communicates with ease and has many friends. He does not initiate conflicts and is able to handle failure well. Abram likes to play soccer and basketball as well as spend time on the computer. His favorite season is winter because he enjoys sledding, snowball fights, and building snowmen. Abram has seen other children be adopted from his foster home and sometimes loses hope that a family will come for him. Nonetheless, he desires to be adopted and explicitly states that he wants to have siblings. Our in-country representative met with these siblings and their social services team who had a lot of good to report about them and who hope they will be internationally adopted. Our representative describes Andrew as serious with a fun side and Abram as goofy and extroverted. Both boys displayed polite manners, a good sense of humor, quick wit, and the potential to thrive in a dedicated adoptive family.