Today’s featured child on the blog is *Chloe! *Chloe lives at Courage Home Purple at Sarah’s Covenant Homes (SCH), India, with co-foster mothers Nikki & Merissa, as well as 12 foster siblings and Nikki’s adopted daughter, Deepa (formerly *Charlotte on this blog, before the completion of their adoption!).
Find her profile here to inquire about her availability, get more information about adopting her, and donate to her adoption fund.
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 foster moms, Nikki, by contacting her here. This is a very detailed post, which is private due to Indian child protection laws.
Chloe’s foster sister, *Lily, is also listed on Reece’s Rainbow. Profile here. Read more about her on this blog by starting with this post, or typing her name into the search bar of my blog’s front page to read all blog posts about her.
*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.
Update 8/4/17: The school that *Chloe was set to attend has decided to reject her after 4 weeks of saying they would accept her, so her foster moms are now on the lookout for another school that will take her. 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!
*Chloe attends a dance class with 2 of her other blind foster siblings *Mae and *Brianna, as well as Nikki’s daughter, Deepa.
*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, Joy Home (*Stephanie, *Jeanette, *Victoria), and other SCH foster homes (*Eden & *Katherine from Anchor Home), as well as children who live in the community. Blind or visually impaired foster siblings *Cedar, *Dinah, and *Jasmine also attend, alongside sighted foster siblings *Addie, *Lily, *Molly, 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 names in the categories section on the side of this blog, or searching their names in the tags in the search bar.
Read more about what *Chloe’s co-foster mom, Nikki, has to say about her here!
From her 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.
*A note about names: SCH uses online nicknames for the children in order to protect their identity, per Indian governmental 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.