It’s 5,851 miles from Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital, to Seattle, Washington, where WACAP’s headquarters lie.
WACAP staff have made that two-way trip twice since 2011. The first was to talk with Bulgarian government officials about working together to reach the orphaned children in need of adoption across this 205-mile wide country.
Our second trip was just last month, a little more than two years after WACAP and Bulgarian adoption authorities agreed to move forward together in our shared vision: to find these children families.
During this recent trip, WACAP lead staff met with our Bulgaria agency colleagues. It was the first face-to-face meeting since we’d visited officials and orphanages in 2011, realizing what a difference we could make by telling families about the children who kept being overlooked. Maybe because they were school-age, or they had a medical need, or had a big brother who also needed a home. So again this November, we talked about helping even more families learn about the potential these kids are just waiting for someone to see.
Nine-year-old Monika is one of these children. She is the difference two trips to Bulgaria makes.
Between WACAP’s two visits — the first marking our invitation to join Bulgaria in finding families for children and the second, underscoring two years of working together — Monika is one of the first children who has come home.
For Brenda, Monika’s mom, it was 5,457 miles from Tennessee to Sofia, a two-way trip that she also made two times. Once to meet the child who’d waited eight years for a family, and a second time this past summer to bring her daughter to the place she finally gets to call home … and where her little girl dances in the fields just outside their door.