Updated January 2019:
*Chloe is home with her family! She traveled to Canada with her mama and papa in early January 2019 🙂
Updated August 2018:
*CHLOE IS LISTED ON THE ‘MY FAMILY FOUND ME’ PAGE ON REECE’S RAINBOW! CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES! Chloe’s foster sisters, *Lily, *Dinah, *Izzy, and *Molly, as well as foster brothers *Nolan and *Georgie, are listed on Reece’s Rainbow. To learn more, refer to the tab ‘Waiting Children’ from the drop-down menu ‘Adoption Advocacy’ in the top bar of my blog!
Update August 2017: The school that *Chloe was set to attend has decided to reject her after saying they would accept her, so her foster moms are now on the lookout for another school. It is frustrating, but so, so important that *Chloe is accepted into a school. She is very, very smart, and the closer to her peers she can start classes, the better!
Today’s featured Find Me Friday child is *Chloe!
*Chloe lives at Courage Home Purple at Sarah’s Covenant Homes (SCH), India, with co-foster mothers Lydia & Merissa, as well as 12 foster siblings and Merissa’s daughter, Divya (formerly *Addie on this blog).
To learn about *Chloe in-depth, as well as see photos and videos of her, you can request the password to this blog post, which was written by one of her former foster moms, Nikki, by contacting her here. This is a very detailed post, which is private due to Indian child protection laws.
PD: *Chloe from the neck down w/ hands on hips, wearing gold bangles, white tights, & pink tutu, ready for dance class with her foster sisters!
*Chloe is blind as the result of being born without eyes (a condition called anophthalmia – learn more at the provided link!). She has no other disabilities. *Chloe is super-smart. *Chloe navigates her world using a guide cane, and is learning to read Braille, along with developing her pre-Braille skills (discriminating between objects tactilely, learning to ‘track’ Braille letters printed on pre-prepared sheets, tracking in Braille books while an adult reads, and so-on). She is very talkative and loves to sing. She speaks primarily in English, can speak full English sentences, and understands everything that is said to her. She would benefit from speech therapy, as her sounds are not always clear.
PD: 4 little girls in pink dance tutus & white tights, facing outward toward the greenery behind them!
PD: 4 little girls in pink tutus & white tights sit in a circle, practicing on mats. A teacher helps 1 girl stretch. There’s a box of balls in the bottom l. corner of the image.
*Chloe currently attends Anjali School for the Blind in her home, which you can learn more about here. ASB serves children who live at SCH in Courage Home and Joy Home (*Stephanie & *Victoria, who is also available for adoption), as well as children who live in the community. Blind or visually impaired foster siblings *Cedar, *Dinah, *Georgie, and *Jasmine also attend, alongside sighted foster siblings *Lily, *Molly, *Izzy, *Ainsley (adopted!), *Piper (adopted!), and *Nolan, who are not enrolled in mainstream private schools and also learn academics alongside the other kids at ASB. You can read about any of the children mentioned in this paragraph by choosing their linked names above.
Read more about what *Chloe’s former foster mom, Nikki, has to say about her here!
From *Chloe’s Reece’s Rainbow Profile:
“When *Chloe came into care as a toddler, she was non-verbal and had little exposure to stimulation and affection. After being in her foster home, six-year-old *Chloe is now speaking full sentences primarily in English, has good comprehension skills, eats on her own, dances, sings and laughs. She is known as a funny, social and bright little girl who is quickly learning braille, counting objects, knows the phonetic sound of most letters and can identify everyone in the home by their voice or smell. She was recently accepted into a private school that will continue to help her thrive and focus on learning more Braille, help with independent skills related to blindness, and meeting more friends. She loves to make everyone laugh, enjoys being silly and is well liked by her peers. Despite being blind, *Chloe walks around the home independently, walks up and down stairs, rides on a tricycle, and jumps on a trampoline. It is noted that she has such great potential, as she absorbs everything around her. Eligible families may qualify for a grant through her current agency.”
An important part of SCH’s work is YOU! SCH relies on donations to keep running. Donation opportunities include child sponsorship 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 the city in which 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! Also, here is the link to SCH’s general fund. In addition, you can give a one-time donation to any home by visiting each home’s landing page on SCH’s official website, under the heading “Meet Our Kids”! 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.