Update August 2018:
Sarah’s adoption of *Joel is now complete! In addition, Nathan finished his volunteer work as a foster parent and returned to the US to pursue his education, and Taylor has taken over his post as Courage Teal’s new house mom!
Sarah, a recent volunteer foster mother at SCH in India to the boys of Courage Teal, has returned to the states, and volunteer Nathan (note: you will have to contact Nathan via blog to view, because to protect the childrens’ identities, his posts are password-protected) has taken over the home, which has merged with Courage Green (children had been adopted from CG, so it was pretty small!).
In the meantime, though, as Sarah settles back into American life, she is preparing to adopt a very special little boy from Courage Teal.
His blog name is *Joel, and he’s a very special little boy who is described as curious, determined, playful, and silly. He loves to try new things and get into anything that looks interesting. You will often see him making silly faces or talking in goofy voices, as he loves to make everyone laugh! He’s also described as a sensitive boy. *Joel came to SCH in November of 2014.
To read more about *Joel, as well as Sarah’s adoption journey to him, you can follow along with her blog here.
Donate toward Sarah’s start-up adoption costs here.
Her YouCaring page (linked above) lists a total break-down of all costs associated with the adoption.
Learn more about the entire process of international adoption here.
*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.
Other current pending SCH adoptions:
Merissa + Addie – Merissa & Divya’s adoption is complete!
Merissa is currently a foster mom at Courage Purple, alongside Lydia. Former foster mom, Nikki, who has recently completed Deepa’s adoption, has transitioned back to Canada with her daughter.
Other current international adoptions from India:
Sarah is a former foster mom from Courage Purple, and an originator of the Ability Camp that set the seed in Nikki & Sarah’s hearts to become long-term volunteer foster moms. She returned to the states after a lengthy stint as a volunteer and married Lucas, and the two are now planning an adoption from India!
Other current SCH Needs
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.
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!