Carrie, former Joy Home foster parent, has written a very on-point blog about the mass, global abandonment of children with disabilities in developing countries, including India. Please read and share if you feel led, as it is an important issue written in wonderful perspective by a person who has witnessed the issue. I don’t claim to have expertise with it, so I believe it would be better served if read from her perspective.
You can find that blog here.
Other SCH updates:
“Here’s some excellent information on seizures and the treatment of epilepsy. More than half of our SCH children and young adults require daily medications to control seizures. Epilepsy Treatment Options“
As you may or may not know, Lydia and Merissa’s daughter *Molly used to have an epilepsy diagnosis, though she has been weaned off medications due to having had no incidents in the past few years.
*Selah, one of *Molly’s former foster sisters (who was adopted in 2018!), also had seizure activity controlled by medication. *Selah tended to struggle more with seizures. Both girls were fully sponsored, so will not have to worry whether they will receive medications they may need.
Some of the other children and young adults with epilepsy at SCH are not fully sponsored, and thus are not always guaranteed the medications they urgently need.
The following children or young adults have epilepsy diagnoses & are not fully sponsored:
- *Alina (needs $50/month)
- *Cassia (needs $270/month)
- *Susan (needs $100/month)
- *Tessa (needs $240/month)
- *Dhivena (needs $275/month)
- *Faith (needs $325/month)
- *Rhoda (needs $325/month)
- *Ruthie (needs $175/month)
The following children or young adults have a seizure disorder & are not fully sponsored:
- *Elodie (needs $180/month – Anchor)
- *Sam (needs $80/month – Courage)
- *Tricia (needs $120/month – Joy)
- *Winnie (needs $220/month – Anchor)
- *Zeke (needs $265/month – Courage)
Clicking a child or young adult’s name will direct you to their individual sponsorship pages.
The following kids are listed for international adoption with the adoption advocacy and grant website Reece’s Rainbow! Learn more by using the top bar of my blog: under the drop-down menu ‘Adoption Advocacy’, click ‘Waiting Children’ or ‘Find Me Friday‘.
They are each eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds. For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant
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 which city they live in (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.
*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.
You can also 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 by using these resources!