SMAIL, Age 9, Bulgaria
Smail is a friendly and charming 9 year old boy living in a children’s home in Bulgaria. Smail’s caregivers describe him as “a positive, smiling and radiant child” who loves to play with other children and proactively seeks contact and approval from the adults around him. He loves to sing and to try new activities and curiously participates in his educational assignments.
Smail displays a cognitive delay and doctors have diagnosed him with congenital Ankylosis which results in physical malformation. As a result, Smail presents a delay in his motor development. He cannot walk on his own and needs a wheel chair or the support of an adult.
Despite the challenges he has been faced with, Smail is a very active child and is making improvements in every area of his development. He uses his hands well. He is able to take off his socks and shoes independently but needs some help to dress and undress. He is able to feed himself without assistance. As his caregiver shared with us: “He is a good eater. In fact, there is no food he dislikes!” When greeted, Smail likes to shake his friend’s hand. He enjoys building with pieces from his construction set, and also likes to paint – challenging himself to stay within the lines of his artwork as best as he can.
Smail lives in a children’s home and receives support through an individual education program at a special education support center. According to the specialist he works with there, Smail has “enough intellectual capacity and potential to achieve a much better development.” He is in need of a family that will provide him with lots of love and a lifetime of support.
Smail has good receptive language and actively participates in conversation. He displays a significant speech delay and works with a speech therapist to support his development. He answers simple questions and understands almost everything which is being said. He follows simple commands, knows his body parts, and the animals observed in his picture book. He cannot read but counts to 10.
Smail is in need of a family who will love and support him and encourage him to reach his full potential. He is ready to be matched with a family immediately!
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If you think you could be Smail’s forever family, contact our Adoption Team at (212) 400-8150 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.