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A Child Needs A Family: Anastasia B., born in 1998

November 4, 2011, 12:35 8422 Author: Victoria Mochalova, translated by Daria Sukach www.deti.zp.ua Anastasiya is 18 years old now

When we mentioned an opportunity to live in a family, Nastia got concerned. She’s used to her orphanage routine and hasn’t got a clue what “a family” means. This word sounds great to her. Nastia believes that it’s very important to come to terms with her future new parents. Nastia’s conception seems great to me. If the child is not ready to call everyone her Mom and Dad it’s the result of a serious inner reflection.

Nastia is one of the best athletes in her school. She’s very agile and she doesn’t miss a chance to show off her talents: she is a good dancer and an acrobat. She always takes part in sports competitions and has recently taken second place in a regional athletics competition. Nastia doesn’t boast of her achievements at all though. Her teachers proudly told me about the girl’s victories whereas Nastia only said that she liked running and performing acrobatic stunts.

Nastia’s best friend is in her sports team. Nastia’s friend is older and already has a boyfriend which means she doesn’t spend much time with her nowadays. But Nastia doesn’t mind.

Nastia loves dressing up and wearing different kinds of girl’s costume jewelry. She loves inventing hair styles. Nastia is very artistic, lively and cheerful. She looks like Pippy Longstocking, doesn’t she? Besides, the girl is fond of drawing and taking part in the amateur school theatre.

Although Nastia hasn’t travelled a lot in her life yet, she loves it. She has been to some towns in the Zaporizhia region during her sports competitions, visited a health resort in the Crimea and has once been at an aqua park. Those little trips filled the girl with lots of unforgettable impressions. Last summer some of the Nastia’s girlfriends visited the USA. This event inspired her with the hope that she would see the world one day. Orphanage routine is rather monotonous and doesn’t give any idea of adult life in the future. But we all know that no travels around the world or the most beautiful places of our planet will substitute for a real family for a child…

If you are interested in adopting Anastasia, please read the memo to the potential adoptive parents, guardians, and foster parents; you can also contact Children’s Affairs' service of the Zaporozhia State Administration by telephone (061) 239-01-56. Request the Profile Number of Anastasia # 0059260.

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