SCH Kids Listed with Reece’s Rainbow (updated 7/9/19)


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Updated July 2019:

Cleaned up the post to make it more easily read.


Friends, I am so overjoyed to share this post with you! I was casually browsing Reece’s Rainbow, which I often do to see which kids have been chosen and are on their way to parents. In doing so, I also happened to check the ‘Newly Listed’ category, and found a most incredible thing! Many kids from SCH (Sarah’s Covenant Homes) in Hyderabad and Ongole, India – read more by clicking SCH’s name, which is linked to their website’s homepage, or learn more on this blog by searching the tags and/or categories) are listed on the site!

Folx, this is great news. This means the visibility of SCH kids with disabilities is beginning to increase. Without becoming too wordy, children belong in families. All children are worthy of love, and a family setting is the absolute best place to receive that love. Being part of a family says so much to a child. It tells them they have value. It tells them they have someone in their corner, rooting for them no matter what. It tells them they are loved for who they are, not for what they can or cannot do.

Please help spread the news about SCH’s children who are currently available for international adoption thorough Reece’s Rainbow by sharing this post. Please feel free to use the descriptions provided here, or make your own.


Here is a list of children who are currently listed on Reece’s Rainbow. Their names are linked to their Reece’s Rainbow profile. Below is a brief overview of adoption from India, from an RR resource page.

  • Heterosexual married couples married a minimum 2 years; both parents may be required to travel.
  • Single women allowed to adopt; single men allowed to adopt boys.
  • Minimum age to adopt is 25, maximum age to adopt based on parents’ combined age.
  • For special needs adoptions, up to 3 kids in home acceptable; 4 or 5 children in home may be okay if adopting older child or a child with a more significant need.
  • Siblings available; non-related children may not be adopted concurrently.
  • Average time frame approximately 12-18 months.
  • Travel varies by region; some require travel for court. Travel could be a few days, or 3-4 weeks (longer can be done in 2 trips).
  • Parents should be medically healthy and financially stable; mental health and physical health histories are considered case-by-case.
  • Criminal history will be reviewed case-by-case. Felonies/crimes against children disqualify.
  • Total costs: approximately $30- 35,000 (updated Jan 2019)

Children who are eligible for an older child grant (up to $15,000) toward their adoption are noted. Children who are at risk of aging out are also noted at the top of the post.

For more general inform If you are on Facebook, Tangled Tapestry is also a great resource, with links to blogs which are real-life accounts of what it’s like to adopt a child with a disability or medical need from India.


AT RISK OF AGING OUT:

*Sara, age 15

Medical

*Sara has an autoimmune disease. She takes medication daily, which started December 2016. She looked very sickly when she arrived, but her face has filled out and she now looks healthy.

Educational

Due to a late school start, *Sara is behind in her academics. She is currently working hard at catching up, and is being taught an American school curriculum in her home by a tutor. She is developing well and progressing. Her English has been improving rapidly and her vocabulary is growing, as is her confidence. She enjoys math and science most, but is working hard at all other subjects, as well. Physical education has become one of the highlights of her day. *Sara speaks her native language of Telugu fluently, and is doing well learning spoken and written English. She can read simple chapter books, and sounds out words she doesn’t know. She knows multiplication, adding, and subtraction.

Social-emotional

*Sara has a smile that lights up any room; she has a quieter personality, but enjoys joking and laughing with people she knows. She has a best friend in her home with whom she does everything. *Sara makes friends easily and enjoys playing games and lending a helping hand. She is often found whispering secrets in her foster sisters’ ears and giggling with delight. She adds joy and friendship to those around her. *Sara has many friendships with other children in the house; she gets along well with children younger and older, and is a good friend. She generously shares with those she cares about and values quality time with caregivers. *Sara has a kind heart and likes to show affection by hugging. When upset, she likes to cuddle with a caregiver and give hugs. She likes to verbally process and openly shares stories and daily events. Telugu is her first language, and she is most comfortable praying and communicating in it, but *Sara can communicate well in English, too; she’s able to express her emotions and functions well in daily conversation.

She enjoys jumping on the trampoline after school, doing crafts, and attending special movie nights. *Sara loves dressing up in pretty frocks and jewelry. She also loves to dance and sing, especially with friends. She has a lot of joy and embraces life. She is excited to try new experiences. *Sara isn’t the life of the party, but she loves to be part of the group. She doesn’t want to miss out on anything, and is an active participant in all group activities. She is so eager to learn everything she can get her hands on. *Sara constantly expresses her deep desire to a have a family of her own. She longs to belong and be loved by a family.

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

*Sara needs $85/month to be fully sponsored. Since she has a sensitive medical need, I will not post her donation link, however, if you’re interested in sponsoring her, contact me and I can put you in touch with the correct channels! *Sara was a Find Me Friday spotlight child on my blog!


AT RISK OF AGING OUT:

*Victoria, age 15, lives at Joy Home

Medical

*Victoria is functionally blind (she has a condition called anophthalmia, or a missing eye, on one side),  with about 10% vision in one eye due to microphthalmia (small eye) and a coloboma (she wears glasses to read large print using this small amount of residual vision). She moves around comfortably and independently, both using a guide cane and using her residual sight.

Educational

*Victoria attends a rehab center where she gets private tutoring and Anjali School for the Blind, alongside foster sister *Stephanie. She  writes at a beginner level, and carries out simple addition and subtraction facts in her head. She has a lot of energy, loves socializing, and simply needs constructive outlets for her energy. She is able to communicate at a beginner level in English, and is fluent in her native language of Telugu.

Social-emotional

*Victoria would do well in a family without younger siblings, as she enjoys being the center of attention. She has a knack for getting around her home quickly and efficiently, and can often be found leading other girls in her home who are also blind. *Victoria is fully independent with her self-care. She loves to color, dance, play games outdoors, walk in the park, dance, make art, and run around. She brings a lot of joy to her environment, and is often spotted with a smile on her face. *Victoria loves interacting with staff and visitors and can often be found chatting up a storm.

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

She is fully sponsored, so does not need any additional sponsorship funds at this time!

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Victoria here. *Victoria was a ‘Find Me Friday’ spotlight child on my blog!


AT RISK OF AGING OUT: 

*Ginger, age 15, lives at Jubilee home

Medical

*Ginger has cerebral palsy and an intellectual delay. She can walk independently, but is a bit wobbly on unstable surfaces. When she wears glasses, she is more stable. She is largely non-verbal, but can say a few unclear words. However, those who know her know what she is saying, and she may benefit from speech therapy. She knows some signs, such as ‘water’, ‘eat’, and ‘bathroom’.

Educational

*Ginger loves to be a helper to the teachers in her on-site class; she can identify letters and numbers 1-10 by pointing to the correct answer. She knows her English alphabet and colours in sign language. She is working on tasks in school like beading, using a pincer grasp, and developing gross motor skills such as walking in a straight line. *Ginger participates in a vocational program on-site and has made leaps and bounds in class.

Social-emotional

*Ginger is described as adorable, friendly, and eager to learn and explore. She is a happy and active girl who loves music, running, and playing with her foster siblings (one of her best friends is foster sister *Naomi!).

Update December 2018: *Ginger is doing great! She has learned to colour in large objects rather than scribbling, and this has been a fun new activity for her. She has also been enjoying making Christmas crafts and helping decorate her home. She needs support with this, but loves to try her hardest and is proud of her work. Right now, she is enjoying playing with toys like Legos and puzzles. She is a kind friend -whenever one of the other girls is sad, she comforts them by sitting beside them, giving a hug, and patting their arms or legs.

I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org

*Ginger needs $305/month in additional sponsorship funds to be fully sponsored while she waits for her forever family to find her. Sign up to sponsor her here!

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Ginger here. *Ginger was a Find Me Friday spotlight child on my blog!


AT RISK OF AGING OUT: 

*Zane, age 15, lives at Victory Home

Medical

*Zane was born with Down Syndrome and has no other related medical complications.

Educational

*Zane is very studious and is trilingual, speaking 3 languages – English, Telugu, and Hindi. He can write his name and read short words in English. *Zane also participates in a vocational program at home.

Social-emotional

*Zane is a very talkative, fun-loving, friendly boy. *Zane is always one of the first to seek out newcomers and visitors and befriend them. He also has some pretty sweet dance moves. He is described as ‘very high-functioning’ and independent. He is communicative and very funny. He is independent with self-care and requires no support with tasks such as feeding, dressing, and bathing. He is a sweet kid, never aggressive, and has good relationships with the other boys and staff. He is socially motivated and likes to meet new friends.

I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org

Until *Zane’s family finds him, he needs sponsors! He currently needs $260/month in additional funds to be completely sponsored. You can sign up to sponsor him here.

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Zane here. *Zane was a Find Me Friday spotlight child on my blog!


AT RISK OF AGING OUT:

*Naomi, age 14, lives at Faith home

Medical

*Naomi was born with Down Syndrome and has been diagnosed with mild intellectual delays. She has some differences of her heart, but is generally healthy. She would benefit from speech therapy to help her speech become clearer, as her articulation is poor.

Educational

*Naomi attends an on-site school and participates in a vocational program where she learns to make crafts to sell. *Naomi can identify colors and body parts. She strings together 3-4 words in both English and her native language of Telugu. She comprehends reasonably well and follows simple instructions. She knows all upper- and lowercase letters, and can write them. Her handwriting is very neat. She can copy-write numbers 1-10.

Social-emotional

Quiet, friendly, comical, obedient, sweet-tempered, and hard-working, *Naomi has a unique fashion sense and likes to choose her own outfits. She loves the franchise ‘Despicable Me’! She is independent in her own self-care. She is quiet, but is most talkative during games of her choosing. She is not clumsy and does well with and is independent in sports/game night, with activities including basketball, hula-hooping, and 3-legged races. *Naomi is crazy for swimming and wishes she could spend every waking hour in the ocean among the waves.

*** I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email childinquiry@reecesrainbow.org ***

*Naomi needs $50/month in additional sponsorship funds to be fully sponsored while she waits for her forever family to find her. Sign up to sponsor her here!

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Naomi here. *Naomi was a Find Me Friday spotlight child on my blog!


*Olivia has been adopted!

*Olivia was a Find Me Friday spotlight child on my blog! Read more about her here.


Anchor Home

*Abe has been adopted!

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Abe here and here. *Abe was a Find Me Friday spotlight child on my blog!


*Julie, estimated age 10 (birth date listed as 2005, or 14 years old)

Medical

*Julie has treated hydrocephalus. Because of neglect she experienced in her previous orphanage, she has some delays. She can sit independently and crawl. She receives physiotherapy 3-4 times a week, where she is working on tall-kneeling and strengthening her back muscles. She has recently started bearing weight during physiotherapy with the help of AFOs.

Educational

*Julie has good use of her hands, is able to complete tasks such as feeding herself, and is working on pre-writing skills. She attends an on-site school, where she works on learning her English alphabet and shapes. She can count to 5 and identify basic colors. *Julie likes to look at books and play with toys, especially baby dolls and blocks. She speaks full sentences in her native language (Telugu), and speaks 70+ English words. She understands most of what is said to her in both English and Telugu.

Social-emotional

*Julie is bonded to her primary caregiver, and gets along with other children. She loves to hold babies and play with other children her age. *Julie is in the process of learning to attend to her washroom needs, and has been doing well. She has a deep love and appreciation for food, and feels happiest when she is in someone’s arms, able to participate in the fun. *Julie is quite the social butterfly and gets along with everyone easily. You can’t help but fall head-over-heels for her sweet smile and carefree spirit. *Julie is described as funny and sassy. She is a friendly child and always greets visitors with a big smile, waving them over to say hello.

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

*Julie needs just $75/month more to be fully sponsored. Sign up to become her sponsor here!

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Julie here. *Julie was a ‘Find Me Friday’ spotlight child on my blog!


*Jamila, age 7

Medical

*Jamila has microcephaly and hemiplegia which affects her left side. She is able to move around independently and can run and walk with ease. She slightly drags her left foot as she moves, but manages well. *Jamila receives physiotherapy where her leg and foot are stretched to help with movement.

Educational

*Jamila attends an on-site school 5 days a week, where she participates in circle time as well as class time with teachers. *Jamila is able to point to named colors and match colors correctly. She is also working on improving fine motor abilities through activities such as using the peg board, stringing beads, playing with play doh, and cutting with scissors. *Jamila enjoys finger-painting and all types of water and sensory play. *Jamila is non-verbal, only able to say “hi”. She knows some signs and is working toward learning more. She can sign to communicate “water” and to ask “help”.

Social-emotional

*Jamila is described as a vibrant girl who is full of life and loves being around others. She is active and loves to go on walks around the neighborhood, jump on the trampoline, brush her baby doll’s hair, and play hide-and-seek. She has a very strong bond with her caregiver, and good relationships with other children in her home. She has a beautiful face – her eyes, smile, and adorable dimples steal the hearts of all that come around her. She is a loving girl who seeks out attention and affection from others, and would thrive in a family.

*Jamila is fully sponsored, so does not need any additional sponsorship funds at this time! You can read more of what I’ve written about *Jamila here. *Jamila was a Find Me Friday spotlight child on my blog!


*Kristy, age 7

Medical

*Kristy has cerebral palsy. She is also D/deaf (moderate hearing loss) and wears hearing aids. *Kristy has some sensory issues, which means she has difficulty keeping her hearing aid on for an extended period. Her teachers and caregivers work with her on keeping them on and helping her engage in fun activities. It is expected that one day she will become independent with walking, using the support of her walker.

Educational

*Kristy attends on-site school where she participates in circle time, sensory play, and individualized instruction. She also receives physiotherapy 5x/week. *Kristy loves playing with scarves and waving them in the air to music. She also loves water play with other kids in the house, and laughs hysterically when splashing in the water.

Social-emotional

*Kristy is a cheerful, lovable little girl who is always giggling. She has a deep connection to her caregiver, and her face lights up with joy when her caregiver is around. *Kristy enjoys snuggling and working on walking, using either her walker or the parallel bars with her teacher during physiotherapy. *Kristy would make a valuable addition to a family, as she has so much love and affection to share with others.

Until *Kristy’s family finds her, she needs $225/month more to be fully sponsored. Sign up to sponsor her here.

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Kristy here. *Kristy is was a ‘Find Me Friday’ spotlight child on my blog!


*Penny, age 9

Medical

*Penny appears to have a genetic syndrome – possibly Rubinstein-Taybi – but further genetic testing is required to confirm. It was also discovered in January 2016 that she is profoundly D/deaf. She has strabismus and wears the cutest glasses! *Penny learned to crawl in October 2017, and crawls all around the house. She receives physical therapy 3-4x/week, and is currently pulling into a tall-kneel for several minutes. *Penny’s joints hyperextend, and she wears leg braces when she bears weight to help combat this. With leg braces, she is currently standing for up to 30 minutes at least 2x/day. When she bears weight, she will attempt to take steps, and would benefit from a gait trainer.

Educational

*Penny attends an on-site school, where she is working on using picture cards to communicate and completing fine motor tasks. *Penny self-feeds snacks and rice at meals, and is currently drinking from a sippy cup or an open cup.

Social-emotional

*Penny is described as a very joyful child, known for her laughter and constant smile. She enjoys being around other children and adults, and is bonded to her primary caregiver. *Penny is an easygoing child who is loved by everyone who meets her!

Until her family finds her, *Penny needs just $75/month more to be fully sponsored. Sign up to sponsor her here.

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Penny here. *Penny was a ‘Find Me Friday’ spotlight child on my blog!


*Connor, age 6

Medical

*Connor has cerebral palsy and a developmental delay. He has some spasticity and hypertonicity. Due to dysphagia and reflux, he underwent surgery for g-tube placement and fundoplication.

Educational

*Connor attends school on-site 5x/week, and enjoys music and colorful toys. He can sort objects by color, will reach out to make a selection between 2 objects, and can use an adaptive switch to operate a toy.

Social-emotional

Little charmer *Connor came to SCH in 2014. He understands what is said to him, responds ‘yes’ and ‘no’ by nods of his head, and laughs at jokes. *Connor is described as a very sweet, lovable boy! He loves to be held and carried, and to gaze into a caregiver’s eyes. He is capable of strong bonding with a trusted caregiver, and is calm and quiet in demeanor. He shows signs of a strong preference being with adults with whom he has a good relationship, versus new people or visitors. This is a positive marker in his relationship development, and demonstrates good attachment.

Until his family finds him, *Connor needs $70/month more to be fully sponsored. Sign up to sponsor him here.

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Connor here. *Connor was a ‘Find Me Friday’ spotlight child on my blog!


*Zack, age 5

Medical

*Zack was born with spina bifida, for which he uses a wheelchair to get around, and shunted hydrocephalus.

Educational

*Zack attends on-site school, where he is working on tummy time and learning to speak. He has a vocabulary of about 10 words at the time of this report, and consistently babbles! He is also working on reaching for toys; he is able to do this with a plastic linking chain, as well as place it in an empty bucket with little assistance. He can sort colours. He smiles when praised for completing tasks and kicks his legs with excitement during circle time. He independently does the motions to songs like Twinkle Twinkle and Wheels on the Bus, which are highly-requested songs.

Social-emotional

*Zack has the cutest smile you will ever see, and loves to be held and kissed on his cheeks. He is your typical boy and doesn’t cry much unless he is hungry. He is extremely well-behaved and is quick to steal the hearts of those he meets. He feeds himself and can sit independently for 25 minutes while using both hands to do activities. When *Zack is greeted, he will slowly raise his hand and wave appropriately and independently.

*Zack is fully sponsored, so does not need any additional sponsorship funds at this time! You can read more of what I’ve written about *Zack here. *Zack was a ‘Find Me Friday’ spotlight child on my blog!


*Eden, age 4

Medical

*Eden is D/deaf-blind (she has bilateral anophthalmia, or absence of eyes, and was diagnosed with bilateral profound hearing loss upon arriving). She has 2 cochlear implants to allow her to connect with world, since she does not receive sensory input through sight or light perception. She has self-stimulating behaviors that can be typical of children who are blind. She is responding to sound and making many new sounds, although not yet saying words. She can sometimes get overwhelmed by new sounds, and when she feels this way, she tries to remove her speech processors. *Eden has an adorable smile! She has delayed milestones as the result of having no interventions for so long, but it is exciting to see how she progresses!

Update January 2019: *Eden continues to wear her cochlear implant speech processors allowing her to hear, and often responds to sounds of toys falling, familiar voices, and music. She requires frequent prompting to complete activities in class. *Eden continues to demonstrate some aversions to texture; this is addressed through a lot of opportunity for sensory play. She enjoys having lotion rubbed on, sensory brush activities, and water play.

Educational

*Eden attends on-site school every morning at home. She has started to take several steps independently whilst holding onto her guide cane. *Eden has started moving around the home with purpose more independently. She climbs 3 flights of stairs holding the rail for support, and can also descend the stairs. *Eden has always been quite the acrobat, learning to climb on the sofa and stand while holding onto the back, jumping and giggling. She has also learned to find a low-hanging disc swing in the home and climb on; she loves to swing and will vocalize sweet sounds as she enjoys the motion. *Eden continues to work with her guide cane and still needs encouraging and prompting to use it throughout the day. She takes daily walks down the street with her teacher. She mostly enjoys the walks, unless she is tired, when she cries to be picked up and comforted.

Until her family finds her, *Eden needs $150/month to be fully sponsored. Sign up to sponsor her here!

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Eden here. *Eden was a ‘Find Me Friday’ spotlight child on my blog!


*Josie is home with her forever family!

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Josie here. *Josie was a ‘Find Me Friday’ spotlight child on my blog!


Joy Home

*Esther, age 14

Medical

*Esther has mild cerebral palsy, monoplegia (left hand affected) and developmental and speech delays. She takes medication to control seizures and is seizure-free.

Educational

*Esther attends school. She has memorized her alphabet and numbers 1 to 200, and is writing four-letter words neatly. *Esther speaks her native language of Telugu fluently, and understands some English. Her sentences in both languages are not clear, and she would benefit from the support of a speech therapist. She tends to have trouble concentrating and attending to conversations.

Social-emotional

*Esther likes jumping on the trampoline, cuddling with caregivers, coloring, dancing, and singing. *Esther likes to be active with the other children in her house, but she also is comfortable entertaining herself with books and other quiet activities. While her social skills are delayed, she is well-liked by her peers and plays nicely. She thrives from adult attention and asks desperately when her family is coming. She is learning appropriate boundaries with strangers, and tends to request hugs from any adult.

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

*Esther is fully sponsored, so does not need any additional sponsorship funds at this time!

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Esther here. *Esther was a Find Me Friday spotlight child on my blog!


*Honor‘s family is coming!

They are in the very early stages of their adoption and hope to be matched with her. She is fully sponsored, so does not need any additional sponsorship funds at this time! You can read more of what I’ve written about *Honor here. *Honor was a Find Me Friday spotlight child on my blog!


*Tricia, age 12

Medical

*Tricia has a seizure disorder for which she takes medication, and is now seizure-free. She also has an intellectual delay.

Educational

*Tricia attends on-site school with a tutor. She struggles with writing her alphabet, and therefore does not enjoy it much. She can speak short sentences in her native language of Telugu, and uses some words in English. Her speech is somewhat slurred, and she has difficulty with social skills, attending to tasks, and conversation.

Social-emotional

*Tricia is a sweet, happy girl who loves dancing, music, and jumping on the trampoline. She is described as beautiful, smart, and adaptable. She loves to be with caregivers and other girls in her home, and is very friendly with new people; she is very affectionate. She is interested in fashion and looking her cutest, usually in a pretty dress with a flower in her hair. She has lots of energy to run around and jump up for a hug. She has a sweet voice and likes to show off her own work. She loves snuggles and taking pictures and videos of herself doing silly things. *Tricia is full of personality, and has been thriving in her foster home. She is very motivated by adult attention, and is learning boundaries with adults she doesn’t know well. She desperately asks for a family.

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

Until *Tricia’s family finds her, she needs $120/month more to be completely sponsored! Sign up to sponsor her here.

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Tricia here. *Tricia was a Find Me Friday spotlight child on my blog!


Courage Home

*Nolan, age 12

Medical

*Nolan is D/deaf and previously had a cochlear implant, which he no longer uses due to a combination of factors. He uses beginner-level ASL/BSL to communicate, along with an augmentative program, ProLoQuo2Go, an iPad app that can be programmed to communicate with those who do not sign in his native country. He knows the full English alphabet in ASL, as well as many words. He communicates mostly in single words, as well as simple sentences like “I want…”. He has cerebral palsy, which mostly affects his legs and creates oral-motor challenges, and he takes medication to help regulate drooling. *Nolan could benefit from properly-fitting AFOs (ankle-foot orthotics). His main mode of mobility is crawling and scooting, and he uses a wheelchair to get around outside the house. He eats via g-tube to help prevent aspiration.

Educational

*Nolan attends on-site classes where he learns academics at his own level, as well as life skills. *Nolan is very smart and loves to learn, if he likes the teacher who is teaching! He tends to get frustrated when he cannot be understood, but is working on this.

Social-emotional

*Nolan wants a family so badly, having watched former foster siblings be adopted internationally, and cries when they leave. He craves 1-on-1 attention, likes to be silly, and enjoys playing jokes. He also likes to be a helper and enjoys doing chores. He is sensitive and his feelings are easily hurt. He is very attached to his current caregiver and foster mothers. He especially loves going out into the community, playing and telling jokes, and spending time with his family. *Nolan would thrive in a D/deaf family, or in an environment where sign language is understood.

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

Until his family finds him, *Nolan needs just $6/month more to be fully sponsored. Sign up to sponsor him here!

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Nolan here. *Nolan was a Find Me Friday spotlight child on my blog!


*Molly, age 12

Medical

*Molly has cerebral palsy, for which she uses a wheelchair user. She is non-verbal, but uses alternative communication technology. She tries very hard to communicate using limited sign language and speech, and has an eye gaze-controlled computer that uses a program called ProLoQuo2Go. She works very hard to learn to use this technology, and is the first child at SCH to use it! She is very smart and loves to learn. She can sit independently for short periods of time. She has a g-tube to supplement nutrition and help her gain weight, but she continues to eat meals by mouth, enjoys self-feeding, and will tolerate hand-over-hand support.

Educational

*Molly attendsan on-site school with her foster mothers and in-house teachers. She is very intelligent, but has a difficult time showing what she knows given her communication limitations. She knows the English alphabet, can read simple words, and can spell her name as well as short words. *Molly enjoys playing games (she is competitive) and listening to stories (she can recap plots of simple stories by selecting images that correspond with the plot). She likes to color and paint using adaptive tools.

Social-emotional

*Molly loves being social and playing with other kids, especially make believe (baby dolls are her favorite). *Molly is best friends with her foster sister, *Lily, and also has a special bond with foster brother, *Nolan. She loves to brushing her own teeth and attends to the washroom with support using a Rifton chair. *Molly is laid-back and content. She loves to be included, and likes being silly and goofy. Her foster siblings attempt to include her as much as possible.

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

*Molly is fully sponsored, so does not need any additional sponsorship funds at this time! You can read more of what I’ve written about *Molly here. *Molly was a Find Me Friday spotlight child on my blog!


*Daylan, age 12

Medical

*Daylan has ataxic cerebral palsy, epilepsy which he takes daily medication, and is hepatitis B-positive from birth. He has a customized wheelchair and also independently rolls and scoots on the floor. He can sit independently without support. He can walk with support and stands holding a railing for short periods.

Educational

*Daylan attends on-site school 5x/week and loves to learn. He knows colors, pointing to the correct color when asked, and can identify numbers 1 to 10. He has a lot of potential to learn! He can sit independently and enjoys playing with squeaky toys. He is quite communicative; he appropriately and spontaneously uses modified sign language for ‘water’, ‘eat’, ‘more’, and ‘all done’. He also communicates through vocalizations, facial expressions, and gesturing.

Update from December 2018: *Daylan has good understanding of the English language, and can respond to many commands. He is very motivated to learn. He is able to spell his name and identify most letters of the alphabet by pointing when asked. He is working on identifying letter sounds and spelling simple words.

Social-emotional

*Daylan is a joyful, amazing kid who has a great sense of humor and enjoys making others laugh by sticking out his tongue, tickling, and acting silly. *Daylan has a calm, pleasant personality and enjoys expressing himself through sounds. *Daylan is a social, happy, enthusiastic, intelligent boy who loves to play with toys, other kids, and adults. *Daylan is described as a hard worker, motivated to participate in activities and perform as independently as possible.

Update from December 2018: *Daylan is very social and loves to meet new people. He is a happy child, always finding reasons to laugh and make others laugh. Some of his favorite activities are going on adventures, playing on the trampoline, swimming, and learning to ride an adaptive bike. Striving to be as independent as possible, he likes to brush his own teeth, put gel in his hair, and self-feed large food items. He is an amazing kid with so much potential to grow. Video available!

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

Until his family finds him, *Daylan needs just $50/month more in additional sponsorship funds! Sign up to sponsor him here!

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Daylan here. *Daylan was a Find Me Friday spotlight child on my blog!


*Dinah, age 11

Medical

*Dinah has nystagmus, cerebral palsy, and is non-verbal. She walks independently and feeds herself; she is becoming more independent, and is currently working on self-dressing. She is not independent with bathroom needs, but could probably learn in a more stable family environment.

Educational

*Dinah attends on-site school with her foster mothers and in-home teachers. She can follow simple commands in English and identify body parts by touching them when asked. She has been working on using a simple voice-output communication system to greet other children and choose between two toy options, as well as ‘yes’ and ‘no’ picture communication cards.

Social-emotional

*Dinah is giggly, likes to snuggle, and is described as sweet and content. She plays with toys, seeks out preferred toys, and seeks preferred children to play beside. She is social and gets very excited when surrounded by lots of people. She likes to do what other children are doing. *Dinah shows the ability to build strong attachments and follows her preferred caregiver, opening her arms for a hug. She loves to dance, and immediately stands up and starts dancing when music comes on! *Dinah can often be found in the exact place of the activity she would like to be doing – for instance, when she is hungry, she walks right to the table and sits down to eat – even if the room is empty and it isn’t a meal or snack time! *Dinah is beginning to become very interested in films and movies.

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

*Dinah is fully sponsored, so does not need any additional sponsorship funds at this time! You can read more of what I’ve written about *Dinah here. *Dinah was a Find Me Friday spotlight child on my blog!


*Izzy, age 7

Medical

*Izzy has cerebral palsy that affects mostly her legs. She gets around quickly by crawling and scooting. She can pull to a stand and remain standing with minimal support, and can walk with support or a reverse walker.

Educational

*Izzy attends on-site school with her foster mothers and in-home teachers. She previously had no exposure to English, but now responds to several English commands. She also says several words such as “hi”, “bye”, and “more”, and has picked up several ASL signs used in the home. She communicates extremely well with vocalizations and gestures, and is perceptive to body language and other social cues.

Social-emotional

*Izzy transferred to her current home in June of 2018, and has already made remarkable progress! She is incredibly bright, social, and affectionate. She can self-feed. She loves playing games such as ‘hot potato’, ‘duck, duck, goose’, and ‘catch’. She has an infectious laugh and smile, and brings a special energy and joy wherever she goes. She often seeks trusted caregivers to request hugs and kisses. She will turn her face from side to side, to ensure she gets kisses on both cheeks! She would be an incredible gift to any family, and has a huge capacity to learn and grow in a family environment.

A December 2019 update stated the following:

*Izzy is learning and making progress steadily! She is potty trained. She is making strength gains, and her ability to use her walker is improving. She is able to go up and down stairs by crawling/scooting. Her receptive language is growing, and she responds to many commands and knows the English words for many household objects. She has learned her body parts and picked up more sign language. She can match colors and do simple puzzles. She knows the names of all other kids in the house. She is beginning to use a program on her iPad to expand her communication. She enjoys coloring, and is beginning to engage in imaginative play with dolls. She loves to dance and has learned the motions to multiple action songs. She anticipates the next activity in her daily routine. Her social nature and love of life continue to be so endearing! *Izzy is so bright and would THRIVE in a family! Videos available.

*Izzy is fully sponsored, and therefore does not need any additional funds at this time! You can read more of what I’ve written about *Izzy here. *Izzy was a Find Me Friday spotlight child on my blog!


*Georgie, age 4

Medical

*Georgie is functionally blind. He experienced neglect and under-stimulation in his previous orphanage, but his development is progressing.

Updated November 2018: *Georgie is totally blind. It has been confirmed he has no light perception. Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy is suspected.

Educational

*Georgie attends an on-site school for the blind in his home. He has been doing well in his transition into this new chapter of life. He has learned to scoot, bear weight, and explore with his hands. *Georgie recently learned to walk independently, and is now working on using a guide cane to navigate.

Updated November 2018: *Georgie can now crawl, walk independently, climb up and down stairs (with a railing), and balance on a balance board. He self-feeds. He is good at predicting parts of a routine. His language, both receptive and expressive, is growing steadily. He can respond to various commands in English such as “come”, “clap”, “spin”, and “touch your head”.

Social-emotional

*Georgie was transferred to his current home in April 2018. *Georgie had no experience in his previous home with self-feeding, but is now self-feeding with minimal support. He had no English exposure previously, but in just a month his English understanding is already developing and he responds to several commands. He babbles, mimics the sounds others make, and often bursts with excited laughter when playing with other adults and children. *Georgie loves making silly noises, finds interesting surfaces to tap on, or throws items to hear their clatter. At a recent birthday party, he was excited when everyone banged on pots and pans whilst singing Happy Birthday! *Georgie is rapidly changing and developing. It is easy to be captivated by his bubbly, sweet, gentle disposition. He is very social, and loves to be held and swung around. He sometimes whimpers when put down, and communicates non-verbally that he wants to be held. He can pull to a stand using a surface for support.

Updated November 2018: He will follow sounds and voices, and seeks them out when it’s a preferred person/object. He is showing an increased ability to self-entertain, and will seek toys in his environment. He loves to repeat songs and commonly-heard phrases. He likes to interact with others through playing echoing games, and will giggle and laugh when playing. *Georgie has a relaxed, easy-going personality. He loves to be silly, and will find reasons to laugh. Some of his favorite activities are playing in water, swinging, and playing catch. He is social and loves to be held and cuddled.

Until his family finds him, *Georgie needs just $40/month more to be fully sponsored. Sign up to sponsor him here!

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Georgie here. *Georgie was a Find Me Friday spotlight child on my blog!


*Ainsley has been adopted and is home with her forever family!

You can read what I’ve written about *Ainsley here. *Ainsley was a Find Me Friday spotlight child on my blog!


Faith Home

*Melanie, age 10

Medical

*Melanie has an intellectual disability and cerebral palsy. She walks independently, though her gait is a bit weak. She can go up and down stairs herself, holding the railing. *Melanie has good receptive language in her native language of Telugu, but is non-verbal, though she imitates sounds.

Educational

*Melanie attends on-site school in her home. She enjoys playing with musical toys, toys that stack, toys with small parts that fit inside, trying to trace letters with chalk, and throwing and trying to catch balls. She is able to concentrate on one toy for a sustained period of time. *Melanie follows directions well.

Social-emotional

*Melanie is described as a social, interactive, beautiful, engaging, lovable child with a sense of humor. She eats independently and reportedly prefers soft, solid foods (her favorite food is eggs!). She loves taking trips to the beach, and would be content to play in the water all day.  She enjoys being with other people, and is friendly with adults and children.

*** 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 ***

*Melanie needs $205/month in additional sponsorship funds to be fully sponsored while she waits for her forever family to find her. Sign up to sponsor her here!

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Melanie here. *Melanie was a Find Me Friday spotlight child on my blog!


Jubilee Home

*Rebekah, age 12

Medical

*Rebekah has a congenital disability called Apert Syndrome. She has undergone necessary surgeries to separate fused fingers, and a has undergone a number of surgeries on her skull to help improve quality of life and relieve pressure on her skull and brain. She will need more surgeries in the future, which will be best done in the US. One of the complex surgeries she will need is known as a mid-face advance.

Educational

*Rebekah is very smart and attends on-site school, where she writes numbers 1 to 200 and loves counting things. She knows and writes all her upper- and lowercase letters. She is reading and writing 3-letter words and she can spell her name. She is currently working on the life skills of washing dishes and sweeping. She is also developing her fine-motor skills in a vocational class, beading and threading bracelets to sell.

Social-emotional

*Rebekah is independent in indicating her needs and performs all her self-care. She is well-liked by staff and is helpful in the home. She is well-adjusted and enjoys spending time with her foster sisters as well as adults. She has several very close friends with whom she gets along well. She doesn’t want to miss out on what is happening; she is constantly eager to be part of the fun. She enjoys sitting with adults and telling stories. She loves to color, draw, and write.

*** 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 ***

*Rebekah needs $30/month in additional sponsorship funds to be fully sponsored while she waits for her forever family to find her. Sign up to sponsor her here!

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Rebekah here. *Rebekah was a Find Me Friday spotlight child on my blog!


You can learn more about each individual child by searching their name in the search function of my blog, or using the resources provided. You can check back on this post for updates on the current children, as well as additional children as they become listed.

I am so excited for this movement! Each and every one of these children are unique and beautiful and important. Each deserves the best in life. Quality education, a loving family, a home to call their own. No matter where that family is, it will always be better than living in an institution. SCH is an incredible organization, but it is still unfortunately an institution. As they say, children belong in families.


**Please note: Many other children at SCH are also available for adoption, and you can find a list at the top of this blog under the drop down menu ‘Adoption Advocacy’ using the drop-down option ‘Waiting Children’. If you are from the US, you could adopt any eligible waiting child under the age of 16 (up to age 18 in some places outside the US – check with your local government to learn more.)

For more information regarding adoption from India in general, you can visit this site. It is the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) of the Ministry of Women & Child Development.

An important part of SCH’s work is YOU! If you cannot afford to, or are not in a position to, adopt, there are many other ways to ensure SCH can continue to offer such a high level of care and amazing quality of life to these children. SCH relies on donations to keep running. Donation opportunities include child sponsorship at any cost per month, from as low as $10/month. Sponsorship usually costs between $300 and $400 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 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 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.

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PD: the SCH logo – black text reads ‘sch’; red text below reads ‘sarah’s covenant homes’; heart-shaped flowers bloom from the name.
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