Mario, a 15-year-old from Bulgaria, has spent many difficult summers. Mario was removed from his mother’s care due to chronic neglect at age three and has lived as a ward of the State ever since. Mario was diagnosed with Epilepsy after years of untreated seizures. Orphanages in Bulgaria are overcrowded and understaffed and he was not able to receive the care he needed.
Bryan and Kathi learned about Mario while in the process of adopting their daughter, Deni, from Bulgaria in 2018 and promised themselves they would apply if Mario remained available for adoption once they were ready to adopt again. Bryan describes Mario as “a vibrant young man. Mario does well in school, and his favorite classes are Science and Technology. He has a close circle of friends and is known as a compassionate and dependable teen who volunteers to help his foster family with his younger, foster brother who has special needs.