*Naomi has moved into Faith Home, where she takes part in a vocational program and is thriving with girls her own age and older. She is working toward independent living as a future adult.
*Naomi has moved into a new foster home (Jubilee Home) due to her previous foster mothers transitioning back home after their volunteer periods. This post describes her previous family, who continues to love her so much to this day.
*Naomi is listed for international adoption with the advocacy group Reece’s Rainbow! Learn more by visiting the ‘Waiting Children‘ or ‘Find Me Friday‘ tabs in the top bar of my blog (under the drop-down menu ‘Adoption Advocacy‘).
*Naomi is eligible for a $15,000 Older Child with Down Syndrome grant through Reece’s Rainbow! Eligibility is based on application submission by an interested family and availability of funds.
PD: *Naomi wears a purple/white striped shirt & earrings. Her hair is half-up & she is smiling behind the graphic that covers part of her face to protect her identity.
In addition, *Naomi’s former foster sisters, *Esther, *Rebekah, *Tricia, and *Victoria (at risk of aging out! URGENT!), are also listed with Reece’s Rainbow. *Heidi‘s prospective mother is in the process of preparing to adopt her! Follow their journey here. *Paula still needs $85/month more in sponsorship. Sign up to sponsor her here.
*Naomi attends an on-site school, New Horizons School, in her home where she learns a vocation and receives education catered to her individual educational needs. Learn more about the school, New Horizons, as well as donate toward operational costs, here.
Carrie was previously fostering 6 girls in Ongole at SCH.
However, when co-foster mom Abby (blog here) arrived, they decided they would be able to take in 6 more girls! So, the family has grown. Abby and Carrie are now co-foster mummies to 12 amazing kids – *Stephanie, *Naomi, *Heidi, *Angel (adopted!), *Rebekah, *Paula, *Chelsea (adopted!), *Esther, *Jack (adopted!), *Jeanette (adopted!), *Phoebe (adopted!), and *Victoria.
Whew! That is a house full of energy, fun, and love. 12 little ones learning, changing, loving, living… growing. Being a parent in any respect is difficult. There are long hours, everything isn’t always sunshine and rainbows, and parents get tired. Being a foster parent (to 12 children, no less) is no different.
It costs money to operate SCH, and it is immensely helpful for the children to have sponsorship, so general donations go toward emergency needs or general needs instead of covering basic necessities required to keep each child healthy and give them the best care – and life – possible.
All Carrie and Abby’s girls attend mainstream private schools at this time, but if each girl were to reach full sponsorship, the family could move to Hyderabad – where there are resources such as schools which cater to children with special needs, schools for the blind, speech, and other therapy resources, and so on. The family is slated to move mid-2015, however, if they can reach full sponsorship for everyone, they can move just after the new year! This would allow them to access needed services much earlier than planned, which would be a huge blessing as well as an advantage for the kids.
If you can’t afford to sponsor a child, please share! There are also various other ways to donate here, on SCH’s official website.
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.
*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.