Hi, my name is
Sara. Please listen to someone who has lived in a Romanian
Orphanage. I MUST speak for the children that I left behind
I believe I am
the most blessed teenager in the entire world. However my
life has not always been wonderful ... actually the first
couple of years were the opposite. In 1989 in Bucharest,
Romania ... my birth mother put me in Orphanage # 1 when I
was born. I was still there in 1991, when my mom came and
adopted me. I remember the pain of being all alone and
frightened. That is why I am sad for the children that have
to suffer every single day. I MUST speak for them NOW!
I was two years
old when I came to my new country, America. Unfortunately I
was developmentally like a 6 month old and very sick. I
couldn’t walk, talk or eat solid foods. 6 months later the
doctors told my family I had chronic active Hepatitis B, (at
that time it was an incurable fatal disease). When my mom
found out about research that could help me at NIH we went
to Washington DC for treatment. After two years of monthly
trips to get Interferon, the disease converted and I have
been healthy ever since!
awesome but I still had more problems to take care of. You
see the neglect and abuse at the orphanage caused
developmental delays and emotional problems that love alone
couldn't cure. When I was 3 years old I was labeled mentally
retarded … I hate that word so please don’t use it! When I
was 5 my mom worked hard to get me into a regular
kindergarten and I have been included ever since. With a lot
of therapy, support and accommodations … my inclusion is a
real success! I am so delighted that I am included because
it motivates me to keep on reaching for the highest stars
plus I also have lots of great friends to help me along the
Over the past
eight years I have been participating in brain research in
Detroit to study how the abuse and neglect affected my
brain. The PET scans helped us understand how my brain
works. And ... their research also helps the world
understand how important the first few years of life is for
healthy brain development. The research is proof that the
neglect in the orphanages is damaging to the children and
MUST STOP NOW!
Right now, I am
a freshman in a Performing Arts High School on a regular
diploma track. For the first time in my life I am making
straight A’s! My future goals are to graduate from high
school, go to college and be a working actress. I am also a
self advocate and want to speak out for all of the children
who need a family to love and take care of them. My dreams
are coming true because my mom loves and takes care of me.
Every child deserves a family.
Wouldn’t it be
wonderful if every child could be lucky like me and have
someone to love and care for them too? Thank you, Ms Denisa
Maruntoiu, for writing such an important article. You are a
wonderful person to care so much. Now that we know what is
really happening, it is up to each of us to do our very best
to speak for the children that can’t speak for themselves.
We MUST STOP
Lady Nicholson NOW! We MUST encourage the change to allow
International adoption in Romania NOW!
We MUST find
families and a real home for every child NOW!
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