105 in 105, day 19: *Theo!


PD: A girl stands against a white wall, wearing a traditional Indian sari that is hot pink, blue, & gold w/ paisley accents & sparkly glitter. Her hands are at her sides, wearing blue bangles.

Update 2018:

Former foster siblings Vignesh (*Theo on this blog) and Kavi (*Selah on this blog) are reunited as forever-siblings! The Stradley family returned to SCH this year to complete Kavi’s adoption. They recently met up with other adopted former foster sister CK (*Brianna on this blog), who was adopted by the Bakers, the family who have taken the helm at SCH, and former foster mother Nikki, who has adopted former foster sister Deepa (*Charlotte on this blog)!

To sponsor a child who still lives at SCH, refer to the resources at the bottom of this post. To meet the other kids who live in Vignesh & Kavi’s former foster home, visit Courage Home’s homepage (click the link to be redirected).

To meet other children who still live at SCH and are listed for adoption with the Adoption Advocacy website Reece’s Rainbow, use the resources at the top of my blog, under the drop-down menu ‘Adoption Advocacy‘, then choose the tabs ‘Waiting Children‘ or ‘Find Me Friday‘.


Update 2017:

Vignesh (formerly *Theo on this blog and his nickname at SCH) has been adopted by a family who lives in America! There, he was also reunited with former foster sister Aleeya (formerly *Louise), and the two were ring bearer and flower girl at former foster mom Tori’s wedding! How special for these three to be able to experience this together.


Update 2015:

*Theo has received orthotics to help position his feet correctly and is now completely, independently mobile. He can walk very well. *Theo is learning to speak, thanks to his CIs. He is also fluent in ASL. He has a great role model in his older foster brother, *Nolan, who also is D/deaf and has a CI, and is best friends with *Louise, his foster sister who is close to him in age and also has a CI. *Theo lives with foster moms Nikki and Tori and 11 foster siblings.


Update:

It has been discovered that *Theo does not have hydrocephalus. It was also discovered that he is D/deaf, for which he is learning ASL and has received a cochlear implant.


Original post:

Today’s child of the day is *Theo!

*Theo is a cute little guy who is one year old. He came to SCH in May 2012. *Theo has repaired spina bifida, hydrocephalus, and bilateral clubfoot. His cuteness factor is 1000%!

*Theo’s story is just beginning, and it’s already different from the story of most kids at SCH – instead of arriving in a ‘batch’ with multiple children, as has happened in the past, *Theo was referred all by himself. His nurse fell in love instantly!

*Theo is fully-sponsored, though other kids at SCH are not. 

To inquire about the sponsorship needs of any child and possibly sponsor one of them, use the resources following *Theo’s bio, below.

From his sponsorship page:

Name:  Theo

Age: 1

Birth Date: May 2011

Date to SCH: May 2012

Other Details About Me: I have spina bifida and cluboot (since repaired). Since being with SCH, I have had a shunt placed and am gaining strength. I have feeling and some movement in my legs. From day one, I’ve been a charmer and have fit in nicely at the baby home where I live.

Spread the word, sponsor a child.

An important part of SCH’s work is YOU! SCH relies on donations to keep running. Donation opportunities include child sponsors at any cost per month, from as low as $25/month. Sponsorship usually costs between $300 and $500 per child, depending on complexity of needs and in which city they live (Ongole or Hyderabad).

You can sponsor any child who needs additional funding at SCH by using the resources found here. Use these resources to get involved in other ways, such as becoming an advocate or volunteering. You can also become a medical sponsor (ideal for large groups or organizations who wish to support SCH) and donate toward monthly emergency medical expenses; or become an educational sponsor and donate toward a specific on-site school. Learn about other ways to give charitably to SCH here, and check back often for additional opportunities. You can send gifts via Amazon India, make a one-time, general donation, pray if that is your calling, or volunteer at home or in India yourself.

*A note about names: SCH uses online nicknames for the children in order to protect their identity, per Indian government guidelines which state that children in care may not have identifying photos of them on the internet, as well as no identifying information such as birth name, place of origin, etc.

Connect with SCH: Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

PD: the SCH logo – black text reads ‘sch’; red text below reads ‘sarah’s covenant homes’; heart-shaped flowers bloom from the name.

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