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Foster Care made possible one more child’s dream to come true – to grow up happily in a loving home

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One more child from our Forster Care Center found his new mom and dad. The 3 year old, Valentin, held tightly onto the hands of his new parents and embarked on his new life journey. Before the adoption, he was taken care by his foster mother, Dimitrinka Georgieva. She gave him her warmth and love, which worked miracles for him to overcome his abandonment in an institution, where he lived for the first one and a half year of his life.   Here is their story of our social worker’ point of view, Diana Petrova: “In November 2018, Dimitrinka took under her wings a scared sad boy, whose head was deformed from laying down, and feet – soft and crooked. The boy didn’t talk or walk. He ate only mashed puree food and had no teeth. After more than 18 months, locked under the walls of the institution, he went outside for the first time together with his foster mom. And he was afraid from people.   Dimitrinka, a true mother at hearth and a loving woman, has already helped with fostering three other children prior to their adoptions. When she came to take Valyo, she gave him a hug like he never received before and a basket full of toys – only for him. Together with our Foundation, Dimitrinka slowly started helping the boy to catch up with his development. She tough him to walk, eat, speak and love, again.   Valyo slowly started to relax and took his first steps, surrounded with a lot of love, patience and faith. He started feeling calmer and was encouraged to explore the world around, discovered the beauty of the nature, became friends with the family pet – a German Shepard called Harry, and learned many other unfamiliar to him things before. Slowly, he started speaking, and his first words were “mom”, “dad”, and “bow”. For half a year, in Dimitrinka’s family, the child caught up with his peers. He started going to kindergarten, made friends and blossomed. He turned into a happy charming boy, full of energy.   Then, Mariya showed up – the moment of destiny he has been waiting for. Mariya fell in love with Valyo from first sight and had no doubt that he was the child for her. Thus, they started their “get to know each other” meetings, where in the course of a month and a half, they spend time together each week in our foundation facility, another children playgrounds and city parks. They played together, went on walks and became closer each day. Mariya told him about her pet, her family and his future home.   During all this time, Dimitrinka was next to Valentin, to prepare him carefully for the change and reassure him that he can always count on her. She created a colorful album with some unforgettable moments they shared together, prepared his small suitcase, filled with his favorite clothes and toys, including the so loved teddy bear. She sent him to his new home, wishing him to grow up happy and strong, surrounded by the love of his new parents. Today, they often call Dimitrinka to share how Valyo is feeling, to talk about his progress or to exchange information and advice. Valyo is happy – his dream has now come true, having his own truly loving and caring family.”   “We went through very difficult times. Valentin was a sad and scared child that transformed completely. He is now smiling, a happy and playful young boy, who socializes freely and reflects the love and attention we gave him. I will miss him, but I am glad that he now has his real parents. I hope he grows up happy and loved.” shared Dimitrinka, who is one of the 25 foster moms, supported by our foundation. For more information about her, Valentin, and the children, whom she helped and cared for, read here….

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Once a foster parent, forever an angel

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Tsvetana and Angel are foster parents since 2016, after undergoing a successful education program in “For our children” Foundation. Just prior to Christmas, they welcomed home their first foster child, Kaloyan – a charming boy, thirsty for the love, which Tsveta and Angel have in bulk. Two years later, they adopted Kaloyan and he became forever part of their family.   Tsvetana and Angel continue their mission to give love to children who lack family warmth and environment, while they find their real home. Thus, in the end of 2018, the one-year-old, Silviya, entered their family – weak, visibly malnourished and neglected, with burn scars on her body, without even one of the mandatory health immunizations for a child her age.   Thus, the young family embarked on a tough journey of recovery for the little girl, hopeful to erase the scars left in her soul and to catch up with and stimulate further her healthy development. Their first step was to assign her to a general practitioner, who would perform all the missing immunizations. Not long after, Silviya started to smile more often, returned her appetite and started gaining weight. These positive results motivated further Tsveta and Angel to continue with their efforts and care for the little girl’s health, development, and socialization. They praise her for every little effort or new learning. With each day passing, she becomes more independent – she picks up her clothes, dresses up, sorts her toys and eats independently. She also established a close connection with the family pets, playing with the dog and feeding the parrot. She likes music and dancing, enjoys being praised, and, as every child, loves the hugs from her foster parents and brother.   Together with the support from our foundation, Tsveta and Angel organize walks in nature, trips and children events, which turns Silviya into a curious, friendly, and happy little girl. A girl, who awaits her loving mother and father, so she too could grow up in the warmth and safety of a loving family.   “There is nothing more important for us than to support this little girl in the process of developing the necessary abilities, which would lead her into living an independent life of a successful adult. We truly believe that foster care is a cause, which gives children the opportunity to experience a family environment full of love and understanding, until they find their real home.”                                                                                                                                    Tsvetana and Angel…

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Grandma Plamena’s willpower story

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Grandma Plamena is the glue that holds her family together. She is a retiree with too many responsibilities for a person her age. After another consecutive challenge on her way, she came into contact with our foundation. This is her story:   “My 22 years old daughter is a single mom of 3, pregnant with a girl. In the care of the children, she depends solely on me and my husband, who, unfortunately, lost his job during the pandemic. We two are the only ones working in the family. Few days prior to the birth of my granddaughter, Dalia, something unexpected happened – as one of the children imitated a cartoon dragon, the house got on fire. All things we prepared to help us welcoming the new family member, as well as everything else we had for the other 3 children, was lost in the fire. We can’t manage alone, please help us.”   We acted immediately and included the family in our “family support program” to ensure coverage of their basic needs, as well as to prevent them from giving the child for adoption. We provided the family with a trolley, clothes, pampers and other basic stuff. But the most important thing was to work for rebuilding the balance and recreating a happy family environment.   So we prepared a program oriented towards the psychological needs of the family – to support grandma Plamena with her difficulties and to ease the communication with her daughter, as well as to help the children process their emotions. We started working with her daughter, Dilyana, too, with the aim to increase her independence and understanding towards her responsibilities as a mother, to reduce the stress she was experiencing, which also has an influence on her children, and to increase her motivation to find and start a job as soon as possible.   Gradually, we work to improve both Dilyana and Grandma Plamena’s understanding towards the importance of the children growing up in a calm and harmonious family environment. We also spoke about the children’s need to reconnect and establish a healthy relationship with their father, despite Grandma Plamena’s disapproval.   Very often people think that material things are the only things they need, but often the emotional support is what makes them strong and united. As a result of our combined efforts and meetings that continue also today, the glue of the family, Grandma Plamena, is more confident, calm, and motivated to make the necessary change, which would bring peace, safety, and harmony for the children.   Thanks to our foundation’s support and covering the family’s basic needs, today they face these challenging times easier and even manage to cover part of their accumulated debt….

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