Update March 2018: Divya’s (called *Addie previously on this blog) adoption by former foster mom Merissa is complete!
Update 8/23: *Addie’s summer camp and Gymboree classes are covered!
Today I would like to introduce you to *Addie!
*Addie is the newest addition to the Courage Home Purple family. Read more about Courage Home Purple by searching for it by name in the search bar at the top of this blog; or, click the tag in the tags cloud.
In addition to newly arriving at Courage Purple, co-foster mom Merissa is in the process of adopting *Addie! They are praying to be ‘matched’ sometime next week (update: they’ve been matched and the adoption is complete!). This will grant Merissa the first permission to continue pursuing *Addie’s adoption. *Addie is a sweet little girl who is 4 years old and has spastic cerebral palsy, which mostly affects her lower limbs, but also has some effect on her arms as well. She wears AFOs (ankle-foot orthotics), borrowed from an SCH child who grew out of them until she can get her own custom pair made. These help strengthen and support *Addie’s legs and ankles, helping to position them better and allow for standing and learning to walk. *Addie also takes medicine for a seizure disorder. *Addie is sweet and loves to cuddle. A volunteer at SCH has previously observed that *Addie has big brown eyes and a soft smile that are friendly and inviting.
*Addie is fully sponsored! However, please continue reading to learn how you can help *Addie out with some planned activities for this summer!
*Addie attends Anjali School for the Blind‘s preschool afternoon class with foster sister *Teagan. While she tries to enroll *Addie in mainstream private school, as is mostly what is available in India, Merissa would like to get *Addie into classes at Gymboree, as well as have her attend a Summer Camp run by the school where *Brianna (CK – adopted!) and *Selah attend.
*Addie has already attended some weekend classes at Gymboree, where the staff are familiar with Merissa and her family. They are open to being inclusive of kids with disabilities and special needs, which is fantastic and hard to come by in India. So far, Merissa reports:
“I have taken *Addie to two Saturday classes so far, and she LOVES it! This was her first exposure to a class-like setting outside of SCH and her first time being in class with many able-bodied peers. I am excited for her to become more confident in attending to a teacher, participating in group activities, and interacting with kids outside of the home. She is also picking up on new language and songs!”
In addition, she also adds:
“Additionally, the Gymboree play gym is a PERFECT and safe environment for *Addie to practice new gross motor skills. I think of it as disguised, play-based PT! … She is definitely strengthening her arms, legs, and core and practicing some movements that she doesn’t usually do without this fun. motivating environment!”
*Addie also has art time at Gymboree, which she seems to love!
As for summer camp in July, *Addie will require an aide, per the organizing school’s request. ASB teacher Nimitha will most likely be accompanying *Addie to summer camp, as she won’t start going to school as *Chloe’s aide until August! Summer camp will allow *Addie to learn communication skills to help her interact with her peers, while also having fun! She will do many activities that will help build her physical strength. She will have an opportunity to be just like everyone else, going to camp in the summer.
Please keep Merissa and *Addie in your thoughts, pray if you feel led, and send good vibes their way for a smooth adoption process. Hopefully they will be matched next week! (Update – they were matched! Visit Merissa’s adoption blog to learn more! In addition, the adoption is complete.)
You can sponsor another child 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 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.