Waiting Child: Meet *Lily!


Update June 2017: Lily is now listed on Reece’s Rainbow! Find her profile to inquire about her adoption or donate to her adoption grant here. Her foster sister, *Chloe, is also listed on Reece’s Rainbow. Profile here. Look for a blog post from me all about her, coming soon!

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Known as Lily by her committed [sic] volunteers, she recently had a big celebration for her 12th birthday. Lily is described as a caretaker with a bright, warm and joy filled personality. She loves to wear new dresses and new shoes, play with baby dolls, read books, color, laugh, give hugs and dance. She works with a gait trainer to walk for her cerebral palsy, but it’s noted that she has a preference to run. With the trainer, she is able to kick a soccer ball and use a scooter standing up. She is able to speak, uses a communication program so she is able to share her thoughts and needs with others, and has started to spell and read short phonetic words. Her volunteer notes that Lily has an understanding of what it means to have a forever family and has a strong desire to have this herself.

“Why hasn’t anyone chosen her? Don’t they know how amazing she is? Can’t they see how much joy she would bring to their family? Can’t they see that she is so much more than her cerebral palsy? That she is smart, she loves to laugh, she is gentle, and loves going to church. Her cerebral palsy doesn’t define her.”

– Lily’s foster mother [Nikki]

Lily is diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and [a manageable chronic special need]. She’s reported to be an eager learner and receives physical, speech, and occupational therapies [at home].

Eligible families may qualify for a grant through her current agency.

*** I am 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 ***

*Lily using her gait trainer at home

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*Lily from Courage Purple, a foster home at Sarah’s Covenant Homes (website) (Facebook page), is currently one of Children’s Home Society/Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (CHS/LSSM)’s featured waiting children on their blog!

Learn more about *Lily and how to adopt her by reading the article here.

Please share this post or the original posting on your social media! If we signal boost *Lily and more and more of the world gets to learn how amazing she is, I know she will find her family!

From *Lily’s summary page:

Eligible families may qualify for a grant through CH/LSS[M] and Brittany’s Hope Foundation [click the link to learn more about BHF].

More financing resources can be found here.

*Lily currently lives in a foster home with 12 foster brothers and sisters and 2 co-foster mothers (Nikki and Merissa, whom I’ve spoken about and shared anecdotes from before). She uses a communication device to speak and is using a adaptive walker to walk (see photo above)! She can also ride an adapted bike. She is very smart and speaks and understands both English and Telugu.

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Photo description: *Lily, wearing a gray dress, rides a bike adapted for people with disabilities to use; she wears a harness to help be positioned correctly to pedal, and has assistive straps to help keep her feet on the pedals.

You can also read about a little girl named *Livy, who has also been featured by CHS/LSSM! *Livy lives in another foster home at SCH (Joy Pink). Read her story here.

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The girls of Joy Home… *Livy is the first child on the left in the front row, wearing the pink flamingo shirt.

Excerpt about eligibility, from the agency’s website:


All applicants must be between the ages of 25-55; financially capable, physically, mentally and emotionally stable and without any life-threatening conditions. Heterosexual couples married at least two years and single women may be eligible. Families cannot have more than four children already in the home.

To adopt through CHS/LSSM, you must meet some additional requirements depending on the country from which you are attempting to adopt. General information on international adoptions can be found here. Note that you may not be able to adopt from this particular agency if you live in certain states, but that children are sometimes listed with multiple adoption agencies in order to reach a wider audience and ultimately find that child’s forever family that much faster.

There are many resources available on CHS/LSSM’s website.

*A note about names  & identities:

SCH & CHS/LSSM aren’t allowed to publicly share identifying names or photos of children available for adoption from India online due to privacy standards set by the government. Therefore, partial photographs and online alias names are  used. If you are interested in adopting *Lily, *Livy, or any other child from India, photos, videos, names, and medical information can be shared by inquiring with the agency that has the child listed.

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  1. […] Update 2017: Lily no longer attends the school she previously attended, due to their neglect  and refusal to treat Lily equally. Though she is sighted, she attends classes at Anjali School for the Blind, and has daily therapy and lessons from her foster mothers in speech and augmentative communication using an iPad app called Proloquo2Go, which is a programmable app that allows Lily to customize her communication with others. She has a variety of choices from which to choose on this board and she can build sentences on this device, then press a button that reads what she has said aloud. It is helping to improve her independence greatly! Lily receives regular physical therapy and is walking using a gait trainer. She’s so amazing! She now lives at Courage Home Purple, with her 2 co-foster mothers and 13 siblings. Lily is available and listed for adoption! Read more here. […]

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