13-year-old Shilah is a smiling, radiant, cheerful, intelligent, adaptable, and clever child. She is currently in 6th grade and struggles with math, but English is easy for her. She remembers words quickly and loves the Bulgarian language and history. Shilah knows the names of all her teachers and seems to be an incredibly diligent and good student. Shilah is sociable with many friends! When she grows up, she wants to become a history teacher.
When she comes home from school, Shilah helps with the housework and studies for the next day. She helps by running the vacuum cleaner, collecting the laundry, and sweeping the yard. After dinner, she watches TV. In her free time, she goes to church, volunteers, and sings in the church choir.
Shilah is a delightful, intelligent, and positive child. Her greatest desire is to have a forever family. She has experienced many traumas and difficulties, but she is a child with great potential and a strong desire to develop it. Shilah needs an experienced and prepared family with older children who will set clear boundaries and rules so that she will feel safe and protected.
CCAI placed its first Bulgarian child in 2015, and the program has grown ever since! Like most intercountry adoption programs today, Bulgaria places older children, children with special medical needs, and sibling groups. The most significant “need” is for families open to children eight and above and children with medical conditions. In fact, families open to children 9+ or younger children with Down syndrome can be matched in as little as 3-6 months from dossier submission!
CCAI’s parent preparation resources give families the tools to welcome a special child into their hearts and home. The Bulgaria program is running strong, and CCAI warmly invites families to view just a few of the many children waiting for their forever families.