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Two Christmas magic

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Two children deprived of parental care, to whom they gave their love and attention, supported by our foster families, received the biggest gift for the past Christmas. Maria and Dinko welcomed the new year 2021 in the arms of their adoptive parents and will now grow with the love and care of mom and dad.   Seven-year-old Maria is one of the children rejected by her parents. He spent his early childhood in an institution, and for a little over a year he has been in the cozy home of the foster family Mina and Ivan Derelievi.  And although she is surrounded by their care and love, she does not stop dreaming about her real “mom” and “dad”.   A few months ago, a ray of light illuminated Maria’s fate when a wonderful family wanted to adopt her. They liked each other from the first meetings when they got to know each other and played together. With each passing day, Maria waited more and more impatiently for the “smiling woman” to come and hug her. One day this woman asked her if she wanted to take her to her home, where her father and older sisters were waiting for her. That day, Maria shone with happiness, said “mom” again, and boldly took her mother’s hand to begin her new happy life in a real family.   The second Christmas miracle happened to Dinko. For more than a year, Yuliana Uzunova’s foster family has been struggling to bridge the gap. They took Dinko in their arms straight from the hospital, gave him all their care, love and warmth, and did everything possible, as Juliana says, “his future moms and dads should enjoy a healthy and happy child.”   And they succeeded – Dinko became physically stronger, got closer to the development of his peers, became independent and confident in everything he does. With the support, energy, professionalism and big heart of the foster mother Yuliana Uzunova, Dinko’s adoptive parents successfully and effectively contacted the child via Viber in the extremely risky and serious moment of a pandemic situation in the country. They talked and had fun together, liked each other and believed that they would be happy together. Dinko welcomed 2021 in his new real family, surrounded by the love and warmth of his mom and dad.   Miracles happen at Christmas!   Last year, 7 of the children cared for by the foundation’s 23 foster families found their new real family and are now growing up surrounded by the love and warmth of mom and dad.   Our team wishes them a carefree, healthy, and happy childhood, full of care, warmth and…

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Father’s Day

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“No need in childhood is as strong as the need for paternal protection.” Sigmund Freud.   On the second day of Christmas, December 26, Bulgaria celebrates Father’s Day. The Orthodox Church celebrates it on December 26. In most countries, Father’s Day is a secular holiday. It exists all over the world but is celebrated on different dates and in different ways.   This is a day dedicated to the fatherhood and parental care of men. The father is as important to the child and his development as the mother. He is a role model. It teaches the child self-confidence, courage, and self-belief. The father is a hero in the eyes of his child!   Today we will introduce you to a father – a hero. His name is Peter Petrov. He raises his 6-year-old daughter Antonia, who has special needs. The family uses Early Childhood Intervention Services at the Hagia Sophia Center.     “I am very happy since Antonia was born. To me, she is the dream child. I have always enjoyed my child, regardless of his disabilities. Tony is like all other children – sometimes he is cunning, he does mischief, he laughs… She is in my heart. I love her as she is. She is cared for with a lot of love and warmth. I want her to be cheerful and happy and to develop according to her abilities. The child taught me patience, responsibility, coping with various difficulties, and believing in the future….

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Here Adi found home and love

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A warm embrace, family coziness, and sincere love welcomed almost a month ago a little girl deprived of the warmth of her native family. They were given to her by the foundation’s supported mother, Vera Krumova, just a few months after she sent another little girl, Katerina, whom she lovingly cares for, to his new permanent family. Having survived the separation and taken in her arms another child in need of her care and love, today Vera is happy and full of new emotions that little Adi gives her.   Adi is only one year and nine months old, but she has already felt lonely after being abandoned by her mother. Happy story from the first moment, crossing the threshold of her new home, the little charmer was greeted with attention and tenderness by the biological son and mother of Vera.   She quickly began to get used to her new environment, now relaxes and communicates with everyone in the family calmly, and of course as every child shows ownership of all toys. And Vera Krumova once again opened her big heart and kind soul, with which she returned Adi’s charming smile.     Of course, the foster mother and her family face many challenges, but with patience, the right approach, and most of all, a lot of love, Adi will experience a truly happy, sunny, and carefree…

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Another child from Galya and Alexey’s foster family hugged their mom and dad

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Another child with a difficult destiny, to whom the foster family Galya and Alexey Angelovi, supported by us, gave their care and love, today embraced their mother and father!   At the beginning of October, two new faces appeared in the life of little Chrissy, a candidate – the adoptive parents. After some thought, the family gave their positive answer and thus started the adoption procedure. The adjustment between them happened quickly and successfully thanks to the foster family Galina and Alexey Angelovi, who passed on their positivism and continuity to the prospective adoptive parents in their communication with the child. With each passing meeting and at the mention of the words “mom and dad” by the foster parents, Chrissy felt great excitement, joy, her face glowed with a wide smile, visibly recognized the candidate – the adoptive parents as his future family.   Each of Chrissy’s future parents also recognized their own character traits, as well as external ones, preferences for certain things, and behaviors such as those of the child. And a month after the first meeting between little Chrissy and the prospective adoptive parents, the happiest moment in a child’s life came – to be in the arms of people whose family will become the main element of joy, care, tenderness, and a lot of love.   Chrissy walked calmly and happily to her new home, where a new page in the tale of her life would begin….

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Bogdan – an unexpected gift and true happiness

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Today we will tell you the story of Denny and Daniel. The couple had three children – Tanya, Karina, and Simeon, and was preparing for the upcoming start of the first grade of the eldest – Tanya. The family’s financial situation was difficult and they decided not to pay for Denny’s health insurance for a while so that they could get everything they needed for their children. Everything went according to plan, until one day the mother suspected that she might be pregnant.   Despite the lack of insurance, she decided to visit a gynecologist, and during the examination, she learned that she was really expecting a child – she was in the fifth month, and together with Daniel they had only four months to prepare themselves and their older children to meet. the baby. The shock was great, but everyone was looking forward to the arrival of the newest member of the family. To improve their financial situation, the father decided to take the opportunity to go on a business trip to Pleven.   The mother often began to experience insomnia, which worried her, but because of the epidemiological situation in the country, the gynecologist advised her not to take any risks and to do only one more examination in the seventh month. Everything looked good on him. Only a few days later, at the beginning of the eighth month, Denny gave birth to a little boy in an emergency, who was immediately taken to the neonatology and placed in an incubator. Due to the unexpected situation, the father was still on a business trip and the children’s grandmother went to their home to take care of the little ones. So the mother was left alone in the ward. It’s only been two and a half months since the couple learned of the pregnancy. Loneliness and worries about the baby affected the emotions and greatly worried the mother. The stressful situation led to a quarrel between her and one of the nurses. Did Denny know that the newborn? son has to stay in neonatology for a long time, so she decided to go home to her other children, leaving her partner’s phone number to contact her.   A few days later, doctors were unable to contact the family. We at the For Our Children Foundation are working with the hospital to prevent child abandonment, so we were asked to find the mother and find out what was going on. The situation was urgent because the child’s birth certificate had to be issued the same day, and the parents had not yet baptized him.   The case was taken over by our specialist Vyara Panayotova. She visited the family’s address and met the grandmother who cared for the older children. From their meeting, it became clear that Denny was not feeling well and went for an examination at a nearby clinic. After Vyara explained to them why it was important to go to the maternity ward and give the baby a name as soon as possible, it turned out that the family members were waiting for Daniel to return from his business trip and baptize the baby together. Neither the mother nor the mother had realized that there was a short deadline for this, and it expired the same day. Immediately after Denny’s examination, the foundation’s expert accompanied her to the maternity ward with her mother and children. On the way there, the couple talked on the phone and together decided to name the new member of their family Bogdan – as a symbol that he was given to them and that they could soon take him home.   The maternity ward team was extremely happy to have a relationship with the parents. However, due to the epidemiological situation, outsiders were denied access to neonatology and the hospital promised to provide information to the couple by phone.   Thus, the foundation managed to connect the mother with the doctor, who informed her about the child’s condition, and two weeks later, when Bogdan no longer needed to be in an incubator, the parents were allowed to see him and hug him for the first time.   Soon after, the boy was old enough to go home to his older siblings. We from “For our children” provided the family and materially with the most necessary things for the newborn – bath, baby cosmetics, formula and disposable diapers. Our experts continued their contact with Deni after Bogdan’s discharge to make sure that despite their initial separation, everything is fine and they are…

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Lychevi family – a chance for a new life

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Today we will tell you the story of the Lichevi family. They are 50-year-old orphaned parents who find it difficult to accept the loss of their son. Time passes for them, but it is measured not by days, but by memories, photos and messages. Only 2 years ago, the couple lived in the hope of enjoying their child’s family and dreamed of a grandchild. For a long time after the ridiculous death, their only consolation was their son’s fianc?e.   The last wish of their child left a lasting imprint on them – “You are wonderful parents, do not be left without a child if something happens to me…, the adoptees…”. So the family embarked on the path of their dream of adoption. However, it was far from easy. Lychee had to face human bewilderment, negativism, inappropriate questions, mistrust, formal attitude, skepticism on a daily basis…   Here comes the place of the team of our Center for Public Support “St. Sophia”. We helped the family feel understood, we felt and respected their pain, we heard in the right way their desire to continue their lives, helping a child left without parents. With great care, without hurting them, our family consultant Petya Yanachkova explained to the Lichevi family that mourning can lead to failure in adoption, despite their strong desire. Convince them that in addition to serious preparation for prospective adopters, they need some time to work on themselves and the loss.     Their permission to become adoptive parents was late, but the trusting relationship with Petya Yanachkova and her support gave hope and courage to the parents. They talked often and as much as necessary. So while they waited, the parents reconsidered their desire for the child’s age, visited a number of administrative instances and, in addition to skepticism, began to find goodwill and faith in their urge to adopt. The Lichevs were waiting for exactly “one pregnancy time”.     When they first saw the 8-year-old, it was a shrunken and frightened invisible child with a difficult history. They found their child in the boy and saw themselves as his parents. Each subsequent meeting transformed them. The trust between them grew and the warmth in their souls returned meekly. Today they are together – the parents have discovered a new meaning in their lives, and the child has found the warmth and love of a real family.     Since the beginning of the year, we have trained and supported 64 adoptive families. Our support for families eager to give love is possible thanks to our partnership with The Human Safety Net – Generali’s global initiative aimed at unlocking the potential of people and helping vulnerable…

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Elena and Constantine – a fairy tale with a happy ending

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Do you know people whom you admire for your indomitable will, but for some reason life does not stop challenging them? We believe that if you think about it, you will think of at least a few names. Often these relatives or acquaintances are parents who need support to have a chance to stay close to their children. This is especially true for single mothers who do not have a loving partner around them.   Some time ago, we from the For Our Children Foundation told you a sad but true story about a single mother Elena and her son Konstantin – conceived, born, and raised with a lot of love. This very true tale proved that there are people in the world who believe in the good and look for like-minded people.   Elena’s journey does not start easily, she was adopted at a conscious age by a family of elderly disabled people, in which the 7-year-old girl was accepted not as a child, expected with love, but as a little Cinderella. Her adoptive mother was ill and needed constant care.     Her new father had a serious alcohol problem and often become aggressive. The harassment for her lasted for years. After her mother’s death, her father’s problem deepened, and Elena was forced to take full care of herself. At the age of 13, she was sent back to a home for children deprived of parental care. In order to preserve her dignity, she chose to work and study at an evening school at the same time.   After the birth of her son Konstantin in 2009, Elena took care of him with all her love to a single parent who lacked real maternal attention as a child. For two years, the girl, her adoptive father, and the baby lived together, despite her grandfather’s problems. Not long after, a scandal provoked by him became the reason why he complained that “they can’t handle the child.” Thus, little Constantine was urgently taken out of the family and placed in a home, at the risk of remaining in “institutional care” for a long time.   But because of her sensitivity and negative memories, Elena did not stop insisting on a better solution, making it necessary for her child to be raised in a happy environment. The grown-up Cinderella sought help from her godmother, who sheltered the child until the single mother managed to take her life in her arms. Hope strengthened the girl during the 3-year battle for the return of Constantine. Elena believed in her luck, and during all the years of separation, the love between her and the child became stronger.   Here comes the place of the foundation. Immediately after the meeting with the mother, our experts saw in her the kindness and diligence that Constantine loves so much. That is why our foundation stood behind her and supported her in her fight for the return of the child in 2015. Five years after what happened, the observations of the team from the Center for Public Support “St. Sophia” were definite – indisputable and good enough parental care.   However, in search of a new way out of her financial difficulties, the mother decided to look for a better-secured job abroad, leaving the child again under the protection of her godmother – a plan that soon proved successful. When Elena called us for the second time, at the age of 33, she had achieved financial stability and could now fully take care of her 10-year-old son, taking him with her to another European country.     Thus, the two-member family had a stable income, officially provided housing and the possibility of admission of the boy in the local education system.   We proudly expressed the position that the second separation between Constantine and Elena in 2019, around the search for a new way out and better pay by working abroad, was in support of the mother as a single parent, not because of the identified risk to the child. Convincingly and with honest means, we once again came to victory. At the end of the school year / June 2020 /, the two left for their new life.   We, the team of the For Our Children Foundation, sincerely rejoice together with the parents who fight for their children and prove every day that as long as there are people who believe in the good, it will continue to…

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Chrissy’s dream of a happy childhood

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Today we will introduce you to the story of Chrissy. She is a premature baby, born in a Sofia hospital, from her seventh untraceable pregnancy.   That is why, immediately after her appearance, little Chrissy remained under the supervision and care of medical workers. Two months later, luck smiles on the child and he meets the professional foster family Galina and Alexei Angelovi, who have been providing foster care for eight years.   During this time, five children were raised in their home, who today live happily in their adoptive or native families.   First meetings like this are always filled with a lot of emotions, and Galya and Alexey get to know their sixth foster child with professionalism and patience. It is through their eyes, as well as that of the social worker from the For Our Children Foundation Joanna Angelova, who visits them every month, that Chrissy shows great progress.   The girl grows up in a protected environment and freely expresses her emotions – joy, shame, dissatisfaction, interest, surprise. Despite all the challenges, the Angelovi family managed to create a calm, cozy and fabulous home for the foster child. They have an extremely harmonious relationship, they enjoy each other, but they also set boundaries correctly. Galina says that for some time the child refused to fall asleep alone and special care for him was necessary, but soon he changed his behavior. Chrissy often hears words of encouragement, and positive explanations for her future parents subconsciously affect her attitude toward the right family for her.   “During the weekly conversations with Angelovi, the new achievements, the difficulties, the cunning and the playfulness hidden in the girl’s eyes, as well as the progress in the physical activity, mental development, and the game process were always shared in detail. We constantly consulted them for the proper development of the child through guidelines for exercises, massages, and games to help care for him, “said Joanna Angelova, a leading social expert from the Foundation” For Our Children “.   Thus, imperceptibly, Chrissy spent a whole year in the home of Galya and Alexei, and the child’s mother did not look for her child. That is why the girl is now officially waiting for her adoptive family to provide him with a permanent home, security, and love.     Many children have received such important care and attention from a foster family, supported by the For Our Children Foundation….

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It doesn’t take much heroism to love

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Elmira and Ahmed were married in 2013. and many wanted to have a child to make their happiness even fuller. Three years passed and a child never showed up. The young woman was worried about what her relatives and her husband would think of her. Islam saw motherhood as a gift, and she could not conceive. She feared she would be called “barren,” condemned, and pitied.   We live in modern times, but with old-fashioned prejudices. And Elmira and Ahmed grew up in traditional Turkish families, where the atmosphere is influenced by customs and religion.   They started going to doctors and hospitals and doing various tests, trying non-traditional methods such as herbal treatment… They almost lost hope when the miracle happened. Unfortunately, two miscarriages followed. Elmira became depressed, closed in on herself.   The family decided to seek help from medical specialists in reproductive clinics abroad. They never had an in vitro procedure, as the young woman unexpectedly became pregnant for the third time. The joy, however, was too short because the pregnancy turned out to be problematic. The doctors informed the couple that the fetus was very small and was not developing normally. The child was found to have heart complications and malformations of the central nervous system. The prognosis was poor, but future parents relied on innovations in modern medicine and believed that there were ways to cure the child’s injuries.   Angela was born in December 2019, only two kilograms and 44 cm tall. Elmira and Ahmed named their child after an angel because it was long desired and awaited. The problems appeared as soon as they heard her voice for the first time. The mother could not feel the happiness of the first unforgettable moments with the baby, the first hug, because there were many injuries and anomalies – no anus, cleft palate, no sucking reflex, no signs of respiratory failure, which necessitated his placement on mechanical ventilation. The doctors said that the child would not live and that it would be better for the parents to give him up…   Elmira and Ahmed could not imagine going home without their little angel. They were ready to give all their love and attention to the child, despite the severe medical sentence. Angela underwent numerous interventions and due to difficult nutrition and unsatisfactory weight gain, a nasogastric tube was placed – for artificial feeding. There was also a seizure syndrome – epileptic symptoms.   At the moment, the family is forced to live in the capital with accommodation, as there is no appropriate medical and specialized care for the child in the settlement where they come from. It is necessary to give him oxygen with a concentrator due to respiratory difficulties. The family contacted the For Our Children Foundation in this difficult situation, seeking support. The case was taken over by senior specialist Early intervention Raya Tsvetanova. She met her mother in “Pirogov”, where Angela was hospitalized once again – for a gastrostomy / surgical opening of a stomach opening so that she could eat due to a weak swallowing reflex /. Parents are looking for emotional support, as well as help to buy specific equipment – an oxygen therapy device, as they use one for rent. The oxygen concentrator is needed by Angela to improve breathing, reduce shortness of breath, and the risk of developing severe long-term complications. Elmira shares that raising a child with specific health conditions at home brings many risks and worries. Without a supportive environment, parents would not be able to meet their child’s needs. With our help and the immediate response of the BCause Foundation, the device was purchased and provided to the family. The desire of the parents is not to prolong the years in the child’s life, but to fulfill the years with life.   “It doesn’t take much heroism to love.” – the words of Elmira, which summarize the power of a mother’s love for her child. Our colleague Raya Tsvetanova shares that there are no children’s hospices for palliative care in Bulgaria. There are some abroad, but in our country, there is no support for the parents of children with severe disabilities. There is still an understanding that caring for severely disabled children should focus only on their physical condition and is reminiscent of growing a plant. And these children, like everyone else, have the right to a childhood. They must be given the opportunity to be children – to play, to study, to make…

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Тo believe you can

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Nayden grew up at an orphanage. His parents abandoned him when he was a baby. Violeta is a young woman and her parents also abandoned her diagnosed with mild mental retardation.   At first sight, Violeta and Nayden are two people without the chance to feel mother`s love, without the support of a secure and loving environment. The only difference between the two of them and other people with similar faith is that they are parents of Iveta. They decide to have a child because of their endless and strong love for each other. Nayden is next to the future mother during medical exams, he is taking care of everything and they believe that nothing could go wrong. The plan is clear but destiny has got another plan…   Violeta gave birth to a healthy baby and from the beginning, everything is going very well. But in a month Iveta was admitted to the Children’s Clinic with vomiting and weight loss – a sign of malnutrition. Hospital employees give a signal to the CPD – Plovdiv, which causes Violeta to fall into a crisis, to riot, according to doctors. The case is taken over by the social worker Margarita Cherneva, who understands that it is difficult for the mother to be sensitive to the needs of the child, as she herself grew up without a parental model.   Numerous telephone calls with the Child Protection Department, meetings with the management of the home for abounded children in Bratsigovo, where Violeta was raised, a visit to the hospital, lead to a decision in the best interests of the child – she stays with his parents, and CPC “For Children and Parents” to support them in their efforts to take full care of their child.   While the child is at the hospital, Margarita works closely with the mother, together they draw a scheme for feeding the child, teaching her how to gently hug Iveta and recognize her needs. A lot of work was done in a short period of time, because another review was forthcoming, and it would be decisive for Iveta’s future. After a ridiculous incident with Violeta, which necessitated an emergency operation, the father took care of the child, again supported by our social worker. Margarita focused her efforts on supporting and building parental capacity in both parents and provided diapers and formula for the…

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