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A Child Needs a Family: Karina S., born in 2003

Karina is both easy and difficult to write about. She doesn’t meet typical expectations of prospective parents, and that is probably the reason she was placed into a state institution. She needs parental care just as any other child. Profile # 0059514
Author: Victoria Mochalova, translated by Elena Kramarenko, www.deti.zp.ua Published: May 8, 2013, 12:30 5792

Karina was quite enthusiastic about the photo shoot that we arranged for her, but she got tired quickly. That obviously was a physical and mental strain for her, so she was not very energetic during our communication.

But even this brief conversation has shown that the girl is friendly and quiet. Karina is an orderly and assiduous girl, but she gets tired quickly. And she lives in a blurred world with no sharp outlines: images in the close vicinity get out of her eyes’ focus, and to see at least some of the surrounding objects, she needs to put them right in front of her eyes. Judging by her behavior, she can hardly see anything at all. And her problem is not likely to be resolved soon. The orphanage teachers sympathize with her and take her disability into consideration, but their help goes no further. The girl had to wait for quite a long time before she was taken to an ophthalmologist, and now she has to wait for her glasses to be made: some obscure bureaucratic hurdles are getting in the way. Therewith, the doctor speaks his mind: “What Karina really needs is an operation, not glasses. But who is going to deal with this problem?” Yes, that is the question. The child in the state institution turns out to be insecure and unprotected, when it comes to health disorders…

If you are interested in adopting Karina, 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 Karina accordingly to the orphan list # 0059514.

Other children who dream of finding a family

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Happy Child foundation - effective help to the most needy children of the Zaporozhye region, Ukraine, since 2004

More than 16 years of trust of donors and benefactors, thousands of aid transaction processed every year. Full transparency in the usage of donation
You donated $248 353 in 2020

Our expenses in 2020

152 sick children: $142 001 
Medical equipment: $8 936
To disabled orphans: $25 535
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Clarification about orphanages (internat's) system and number of orphans in Ukraine

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