Meet Sofia, now 16 years old (as of 2022). Sofia was abandoned at birth in the hospital after she was discovered to have Down ’s syndrome. Sofia’s mother was very young and had no parental support of her own, and neither she nor Sofia’s father were prepared to care for a baby with special needs. Sofia has grown up in a wonderful foster family who has cared for her every material, emotional, and developmental need. Her foster family has been accompanied from the very beginning of the process by Orr Shalom’s professional team of social workers. Thanks to the Esther and Pedro Rosenblatt Foundation, Orr Shalom has been able to provide Sofia’s parents with an aid who provides several hours a week of assistance with Sofia’s therapeutic plan.