SCH Kids Listed with Reece’s Rainbow


Sari
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EDITED 8/3: added *Ainsley & Izzy!

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!

Folks, this is great news. This means the visibility of SCH kids with disabilities is now beginning to become increased. 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.

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Here is a list of children who are currently listed on Reece’s Rainbow. Their names are linked to their Reece’s Rainbow profile.

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 RISK OF AGING OUT: *Sara, age 14, has an autoimmune disease, which you can read more about on her RR profile. She takes medication daily for this illness, which she started in December 2016. She looked very sickly when she arrived, but her face has filled out and she looks healthier. *Sara has a smile that lights up any room she walks into; she has a quieter personality, but enjoys joking and laughing with people she knows well. 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 likes dancing, jumping on the trampoline, and singing. *Sara has a very kind heart and likes to show affection by hugging those to whom she is close. When she is upset, she likes to cuddle with caregiver and give hugs. She is so eager to learn, loves to learn everything she can get her hands on, and enjoys working on homework with caregivers. She is an excellent student, and the only thing holding her back is that she got a late start to school. *Sara speaks Telugu (her native language) fluently, and is doing well learning spoken/written English. She can read simple chapter books in English, and is able to sound out most words she does not know. She knows multiplication facts, can add, and subtract.

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

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*Olivia, age 10, has an autoimmune disease for which she takes twice daily medication. The illness is virtually undetectable as of January 2017. *Olivia is endearing, imaginative, creative, silly, likes to make people laugh, and is full of contagious joy. She is an entertainer, and will have you laughing at whatever quirky thing she has to show you. She likes painting, coloring, jumping on the trampoline, and baby dolls. she is always willing to participate in impromptu singing and dancing performances with the other girls in her home. She is enrolled in an English-speaking school, and in the 2017 to 2018 school year, she is in grade 1. She is behind due to a late start at school. She knows all her uppercase and lowercase letters, can count to 200, and can spell 1 to 20. She can read short, easy sentences by sounding out each word, and can spell some words up to 5 letters long. Her favorite color is red, and she enjoys the occasional sweet treat for a snack. She can easily jump into play with the other girls in her home and likes to be center of attention. She is always excited to spin, jump, and climb, but also enjoys watching movies and being read to. *Olivia has the most beautiful smile.

*** 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 ***

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

Anchor Home

*Julie, estimated age 9 (birth date is listed as 2005), has treated hydrocephalus. She has a deep love and appreciation for food, and feels happiest when she is in someones arms and is able to participate in all the fun. *Julie is quite the social butterfly and gets along with everyone so 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 and waves them over to say hello. She has good use of her hands, is able to complete tasks such as feeding herself, and is working on pre-writing skills. *Julie attends an on-site school where she works with her teacher on learning her English alphabet and shapes. She can count up to 5 and identifies 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. She is bonded to her primary caregiver and gets along with the other children. She loves to hold the babies and play with other children her age. She can sit independently and crawl. She receives physical therapy 3-4 times a week, where she working on tall-kneeling and strengthening her back muscles. She has recently started bearing weight on her legs during physical therapy with the help of AFOs. *Julie is also in the progress of learning to attend to her washroom needs and has been doing really well. She is available for adoption to single moms as well as other families.

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

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Julie in the past here.

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*Penny, age 8, 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 some strabismus and wears the cutest glasses! *Penny is a very joyful child who is known for her laughter and constant smile. She attends an on-site school, where she is working on using picture cards to communicate and completing fine motor tasks. *Penny learned how to crawl in October 2017, and crawls all around the house. She receives physical therapy 3-4 times a week, and is currently pulling up into a tall kneel for several minutes at a time. *Penny’s joints hyper-extend, and she wears leg braces when she bears weight to help combat this. With her leg braces on, she is currently standing for up to 30 minutes at a time, at least twice a day. When she bears weight, she will attempt to take steps, and would benefit from a gait trainer. *Penny self-feeds snacks and rice at meals, and is drinking from a sippy cup or an open cup. 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!

She needs $45/month more to be fully sponsored. Sign up to sponsor her here.

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Penny in the past here.

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*Connor, age 5, has cerebral palsy and a developmental delay. This little charmer came to SCH in 2014 with quadriplegic cerebral palsy and a developmental delay. He has some spasticity and some hypotonicity. Due to dysphagia and reflux, he underwent surgery for g-tube placement and fundoplication. He understands what is said to him, responds ‘yes’ and ‘no’ by nods of his head, and laughs at jokes. *Connor attends a special education preschool on-sit five days a week, and enjoys music and colorful toys. He can sort objects by color. He will reach out to make a selection between 2 objects. He can use an adaptive switch to operate a toy. *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 strong preference to being with adults he has a good relationship with, versus new people or visitors. This is a positive marker in his relationship development and demonstrates good attachment.

Connor is eligible for a $5000 grant from a specific adoption agency.

He needs $50/month more to be fully sponsored. Sign up to sponsor him here.

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Connor in the past here.

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*Zack, age 4, has spina bifida and shunted hydrocephalus. He has the cutest smile you will ever see, and loves to be held and kissed on his cheeks; if he is crying, all you have to do is pick him up and kiss him, and he is perfectly content. 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. *Zack sits independently, uses a wheelchair to get around, and feeds himself. *Zack attends on-site preschool, where he is working on having more tummy time, learning to sit independently, reaching for toys, and learning to speak. He has a vocabulary of about 10 words at this time and babbles! When *Zack is greeted, he will slowly raise his hand and wave appropriately and independently. In pre-school, he has tummy time and is working on reaching for toys and bringing them to himself. He is able to do this with the plastic linking chain. He is also able to pick up the chain and place it in an empty bucket with little assistance. He can sort colours. He smiles when praised for completing task. He also kicks his legs during circle time with excitement. He independently does the motions to songs like Twinkle Twinkle and Wheels on the Bus. He can now sit independently for 25 minutes while using both hands to do activities.

He 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 in the past here.

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*Eden, age 4, is Deaf-blind (she has bilateral anophthalmia, or absence of eyes, and was diagnosed with bilateral profound hearing loss upon arriving at her current facility). *Eden has two cochlear implants to allow her to connect with world around her, since she does not receive sensory input through sight or light perception. She is now responding to sound and making many new sounds, although not yet saying any words. She can sometimes get overwhelmed by the new sounds she is hearing, and when she feels this way, she tries to take her speech processors off. *Eden has an adorable smile!

*Eden has delayed milestones as a result of having no visual or auditory input for so long, but we are excited to see how she progresses over the coming months. She attends an on-site preschool every morning at home. *Eden has some self-stimulating behaviors that can be typical of children who are blind. She loves to splash in the water, and is getting better and better at walking independently with her guide cane. She loves to swing and rock on her red rocking horse. She loves to cuddle. She has started to take several steps on her own, and also while holding onto a push toy (pre-guide cane) or her cane. She gave her first smile on the first day she arrived at her foster home. *Eden loves to be held, carried, and sung to.

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

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Eden in the past here.

Joy Home

AT RISK OF AGING OUT: *Paxton, age 15, has congenital tricuspid atresia (a heart condition). She had a bi-directional Glenn Shunt placed in 2007, and TCPC surgery with fenestration in 2015. Prior to the 2015 surgery, she had poor circulation which caused clubbing in her fingers and toes. When waiting for surgery, her oxygen levels were low and not supplying to her extremities well. This is purely aesthetic, and doesn’t affect function. Prior to surgery, *Paxton had trouble going up and down stairs, with swelling in her legs. This is no longer the case post-surgery. *Paxton’s heart condition is very stable; she takes 2 maintenance meds with therapeutic response. She requires monthly blood tests, as 1 med is a blood thinner, but if she were adopted she would likely have access to meds available in other countries that would not require this.

I’m so excited to introduce *Paxton to you! She is an amazing girl who has a positive outlook on life. *Paxton REALLY wants (and needs) a loving, forever family. *Paxton is a wonderful, kind teenager who is so full of joy and creativity. She loves to draw, and creates beautiful pieces of art. She also has an interest in photography, and a desire to learn to play an instrument. *Paxton is very active. She loves to ride her bike and jump on the trampoline. She is in 3rd grade at school in the 2017-18 school year, due to a very late start, but enjoys going to school. She is able to add, subtract, divide, multiply, and complete math word problems. Her smile lights up a room, and her kindness is ever-present with the girls in her home. She enjoys spending time with other teenagers, spending time by herself drawing, and engaging in games with younger children in her home.

*** 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 her family finds her, *Paxton needs just $25/month in additional sponsorship funds to be fully sponsored! Sign up to sponsor her here.

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Paxton in the past here.

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

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*Victoria, age 14, is functionally blind, and has about 10% vision in one eye. *Victoria would do well in a family without younger siblings. She enjoys being the center of attention, and moves around comfortably and independently. She is quite independent, despite her low vision. She attends a rehab center where she gets private tutoring and Anjali School for the Blind, alongside foster sister *Jeanette. She can read large print and reads and writes at a beginner level. She can do simple addition and subtraction facts in her head. She has a lot of energy and loves socializing, and simply needs constructive outlets for her energy. *Victoria is independent with her self care. She loves to color and dance. She loves playing games outdoors, walking in the park, dancing, art, and running around. She is able to communicate at a beginner level in English, and is fluent in her native language. 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 in the past here.

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*Jeanette, age 12, is totally blind and has one prosthetic eye. *Jeanette has a lot of love to give and is sweet and endearing. *Jeanette attends on-site school, has Braille training at a local center, and works with Anjali School for the Blind to practice and learn other skills and academics. *Jeanette knows Braille, reading at a grade 1 level. She can write on a brailler and a slate and stylus. She uses an abacus to do math, including regrouping addition up to the hundreds place. She knows how to type on a computer, and is learning how to use screen reading software as well as play the keyboard. She is very motivated by technology. She is bilingual, understanding and speaking 2 languages (Telugu and English). She is good enough at both to translate between the two! She is very comfortable moving around independently. She sometimes uses a guide cane to get around, but is very intuitive and knows her home surroundings, so she often doesn’t use it in familiar places. She thrives with one on one attention and loves to laugh. She is a bright, inquisitive, and fun-loving girl. Due to her compassionate nature, she easily engages with her foster siblings. *Jeanette has a lot of love to give, and is described as sweet and endearing!

*Jeanette has a $5000 agency grant!

*** 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 *Jeanette in the past here.

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

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*Esther, age 12, has mild cerebral palsy, monoplegia (only left hand affected), developmental, and speech delay. She is on medication to control seizures, and is seizure-free. She thrives from having 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. *Esther speaks her native language fluently and understands some English. Her sentences in both languages are not clear and she needs the support of a speech therapist. She tends to have trouble concentrating and attending to conversation. Social skills are delayed but she is well liked by the other girls and plays nicely. She has memorized her alphabet and numbers 1 to 200. She is writing four letter words neatly. *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.

*** 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 *Esther in the past here.

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*Honor, age 13 (estimated, but she believes she is older – see below), has a craniofacial disorder that she used to hide until coming to SCH, where she feels loved and accepted just as she is. She no longer shies away from cameras or people, and is confident. She is described as a loving young lady who enjoys giving affection as much as receiving it. She loves to spend one-on-one time with others. *Honor is proficient in reading and writing in English, learning simple algebra, and is very self-driven in completing her school work. She is completely independent in self care. Speech is completely fluent in her local language and very advanced in English (she often acts as a translator between the 2 languages). Her social skills are age appropriate and she has very positive relationships with other children in her home. She has good attachments to those she is close with, and is affectionate with hugs to people she loves. Her birth date was estimated when she was young, but she believes she is about 3 years older than the 2005 birth date given, and looks older than the age given. She is sensitive about her appearance and gets teased in school for the way she looks. *Honor is very sociable and loves to bring her sense of humor into most of her conversations. She is positive, witty, energetic, fun-loving, a go-getter, and a hard worker. *Honor is a natural born leader, gladly taking on new challenges and new opportunities whenever she is able. She likes to watch movies, jump on the trampoline, and make up games to play with the other children in her house.

*** 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 *Honor in the past here.

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

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*Tricia, age 11, has a seizure disorder for which she is on medication. She is now seizure-free. She also has intellectual delay. She can speak in short sentences in her native language, and uses some words in English. Her speech is somewhat slurred, and she has difficulty with social skills, attending to tasks, and conversation. *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 her caregivers, the other girls in her home, and is very friendly with new people. She is very affectionate. She struggles with writing her alphabet, and therefore does not enjoy it very much. 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 you her 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 sponsors! She currently needs just $275/month in additional funds to be completely sponsored! Sponsor here.

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Tricia in the past here.

Courage Home

*Nolan, age 11, 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 communication device called ProLoQuo2Go, an iPad app his foster moms (and in the future, *Nolan) can program in order to communicate with those who do not sign. He knows the full English alphabet in ASL and knows many words. He communicates mostly in single words in ASL, as well as simple sentences like “I want…”. He has cerebral palsy, which mostly affects his legs and creates some oral-motor challenges, and he takes medication to help regulate drooling. *Nolan could benefit from properly-fitting AFOs (ankle-foot orthotics), and has used them in the past. However, they were not the correct fit for him. His main mode of mobility is crawling and scooting, and he uses a wheelchair outside the house. He also eats using a g-tube to help prevent aspiration. He 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. *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. He especially loves going out into the community, play and tell jokes, and spend time with his foster family. *Nolan would thrive in a D/deaf family, or in an environment where sign language is understood.

*Nolan has a $5000 agency grant 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 ***

He’s fully sponsored, so does not need any additional sponsorship funds at this time!

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Nolan in the past here.

*Nolan was a previous Find Me Friday spotlight child on my blog! Read more about him here.

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*Molly, age 11, has cerebral palsy and is a wheelchair user who is non-verbal but uses alternative communication technology. She can sit independently for short periods of time. She has a feeding tube to supplement her nutrition and help her gain weight, but she continues to eat meals by mouth. She likes self-feeding with hand-over-hand support, as well as brushing her own teeth. She attends to the washroom using a Rifton chair. She tries very hard to communicate using limited sign and speech, and has an eye gaze-controlled computer which allows her to communicate with others. She works very hard to learn to use it. She is the first child at her center to learn to use this technology! She is very smart and loves learning. *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. She is very intelligent, but has a difficult time showing what she knows, given her communication limitations. She knows the English alphabet and can read simple words (she’s working on reading ‘BOB’ books, beginner books with varying levels of difficulty). She can spell her name. *Molly enjoys playing games (she is competitive) and listening to stories (she can recap the plots of simple stories by selecting images that correspond with the plot on her eye gaze technology). She likes to color and paint using adaptive tools. *Molly loves being social and playing with other kids, especially make believe (baby dolls are her favorite). She was very excited to receive her very own Barbie doll at her last birthday! *Molly is best friends with her foster sister *Lily, and also has a special bond with foster brother *Nolan.

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

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Molly in the past here.

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

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*Daylan, age ll, has ataxic cerebral palsy, epilepsy which he takes daily medication to control, and is hepatitis B positive. *Daylan has a very calm, pleasant personality, and enjoys expressing himself through sounds. He can sit up independently and enjoys playing with squeaky toys. *Daylan is a social, happy, enthusiastic, intelligent boy who loves to play with toys, other kids, and adults. He is quite communicative despite speech challenges. He appropriately and spontaneously uses modified sign language for water, eat, more, and all done. He also communicates through vocalizations, facial expressions, and gesturing. Has a customized wheelchair. He independently rolls and scoots around on the floor. He can sit independently with back support and is working on sitting independently without support. He can walk with someone holding him at his arms and can stand holding the railing for short periods of time. *Daylan is described as a hard-worker, and very motivated to participate in activities and perform as independently as possible. He attends on-site school 5 days a week, and he loves to learn. He is a joyful, amazing kid. He has a great sense of humor and enjoys making others laugh by sticking out his tongue, tickling, and acting silly. He knows his colors and can point to the correct color when asked. He can identify numbers 1 to 10. He has a lot of potential to learn.

*** 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 ***

*Daylan needs just $20/month more in additional sponsorship funds to be fully sponsored while he waits for her forever family to find him! Sign up to sponsor him here!

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Daylan in the past here.

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*Dinah, age 10, has nystagmus, and cerebral palsy, and is also non-verbal. She walks independently and feeds herself; she is becoming more independent, and is currently working on dressing herself. She is not independent with bathroom needs, but could probably learn in a more stable family environment. *Dinah is giggly, likes to snuggle, and is described as sweet and content. She plays with toys, seeks out preferred toys, and seeks out preferred children to play beside. She has been working on using a simple voice-output communication system to greet the other children and choose between two toy options. She is social and gets very excited when surrounded by lots of people. She likes to do what the other children are doing. She can follow simple commands in English and can identify body parts by touching them when asked. She shows ability to build strong attachments and follows her preferred caregiver, and 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 meal or snacktime! *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 ***

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

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Dinah in the past here.

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

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*Chloe has a family coming for her!!! She’s listed on the ‘My Family Found Me’ page on Reece’s Rainbow!

Read all about *Chloe’s latest progress, including her educational progress, written by her current (in 2017) physical therapist, Lydia, here!

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

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Chloe in the past here.

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*Izzy, age 6 (she turns 7 on August 11!), has cerebral palsy. She transferred to her current home in June of 2018, and has already made remarkable progress! She is incredibly bright, social, and affectionate. 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 on several ASL signs which are used in the home. She communicates extremely well with vocalizations and gestures, and is perceptive to body language and other social cues in communication. She is currently being potty-trained and indicates when she has to use the toilet. She gets around the house quickly with crawling and scooting. She can pull to stand and remain standing with minimal support. She can walk with hand support or a reverse walker. 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 out trusted caregivers and requests 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 specific adoption agency has offered a grant of $5000, to an eligible family for adoption expenses.

She needs $350/month to be fully sponsored! Sign up to sponsor her here.

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Izzy in the past here.

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*Georgie, age 4, is functionally blind, and has very little light perception. At this point, due to the downfalls of institutional life, he has some weak muscles, but is gaining strength. He can pull up to a stand using a surface for support. He does not have any other disabilities. Since *Georgie was transferred to his current home in April 2018, and is only 3, he does not attend traditional school. He had experienced neglect and under-stimulation in his previous orphanage, but already, his development is progressing, and we look forward to seeing *Georgie learn and explore the world! He has been doing so well in his transition into this new chapter of life. He is learning how to scoot around, bear weight, and explore with his hands. He had no experience in his previous home with self-feeding, but already is making great progress and is 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. *Georgie is rapidly changing and developing. Everyday, we are more captivated by his bubbly, sweet, gentle disposition. *Georgie loves making silly noises, and often vocalizes silly babbles, finds interesting surfaces to tap on, or picks things up and throws them to hear their clatter. *Georgie is very social. He loves to be held and swung around. He sometimes whimpers when he is put down, and communicates non-verbally that he wants to be held. He mimics sounds others make, and often bursts with excited laughter when playing with other adults and children. We are so excited to see him begin to hit the milestones he is already working towards!

*He’s fully sponsored, so does not need any additional sponsorship funds at this time!

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Georgie in the past here.

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*Ainsley, age 3 (she will be 4 in mid-August!), is listed as having cerebral palsy, but despite contractures (limited motion) in both ankles, none of her other muscles/joints seem to be affected. She has good motor control and strength. She is motivated to stand and walk. She pulls to stand and tries to stand in the middle of the floor throughout the day. Currently, her ankle contractures make it difficult for her to balance on her feet and stand independently. However, we are looking into treatment for her ankles, and she is expected to be an independent walker after treatment. *Ainsley transferred to her current home in June 2018, and has already made remarkable progress. She can crawl and scoot very quickly around the home. She loves playing with musical instruments and will seek them out to play with. She also likes playing catch and has quite a good arm for a small girl. She previously had no exposure to English, but now responds to several English commands. She also says several words such as “hi”, “bye”, and her name. She has picked up on several ASL signs which are used in the home. She has an incredibly expressive face and loves making silly faces and expressions (such as repeatedly raising her eyebrows) to make others laugh. She loves engaging in playful connection games with trusted caregivers. She seeks out preferred caregivers for affection. She is very bright and perceptive. She has great potential to learn and would thrive in a family.

A specific adoption agency has offered a grant of $5000, to an eligible family for adoption expenses.

She needs $225/month to be fully sponsored! Sign up to sponsor her here.

You can read more of what I’ve written about *Ainsley in the past here.

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Faith Home

*Naomi, age 13, has Down Syndrome, and reportedly has 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. *Naomi can identify colors and body parts. She strings together 3-4 words in both English and her native language. She comprehends reasonably well and follows simple instructions. She is independent for self care. 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’! *Naomi attends on-site school and also participates in pre-vocational classes. She knows all of her uppercase and lowercase letters and can write them. Her handwriting is very neat. She can copy-write numbers 1-10. She is very quiet but is most talkative during games of her choosing. She is not clumsy and does well and is independent with sports/games night with activities including basketball, hula hoop, and 3 legged races. *Naomi is crazy for swimming and wishes that 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 in the past here.

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*Melanie, age 10, has an intellectual disability and cerebral palsy. She turns 10 in July! She walks independently (her gait is a bit weak). She can go up and down stairs by herself, holding the railing. You can often find her walking up and down the stairs in her home! She is described as a social, interactive, beautiful, engaging, lovable child with a sense of humor who loves to laugh. She eats independently, and reportedly prefers soft, solid foods (her favorite food is eggs!). *Melanie has good receptive language in her native language, but is non-verbal. She can imitate some sounds. 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. 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 $115/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 in the past here.

Jubilee Home

*Ginger, age 14, has cerebral palsy and an intellectual delay. She can walk independently, but is a bit wobbly on unstable surfaces. When she has her glasses, she is more stable. She is adorable, friendly, and eager to learn and explore. She is non-verbal, but can say a few words that are not very clear. However, those who know her know what she is saying. She knows some signs, such as water, eat, and bathroom. 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!). *Ginger loves to be a helper to the teachers in her on-site special class; she can identify letters and numbers 1-10 by pointing to the correct answer. She knows her English alphabet and colors in sign language. She is currently scribbling, as she has difficulty holding a pencil. She is working on tasks in school like beading, using a pincer grasp, and developing her gross motor skills, such as walking in a straight line. *Ginger participates in a vocational program on-site as part of her schooling. She has made leaps and bounds in her school classes.

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

*Ginger needs $285/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 in the past here.

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*Rebekah, age 11, has a congenital disability called Apert Syndrome (learn more here). She has undergone necessary surgeries to separate her fused fingers and a has undergone a number of surgeries on her skull to help improve her 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 these complex surgeries she will need is known as a mid-face advance. *Rebekah is very smart. she can write 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; she can spell her name. She doesn’t want to miss out on what is happening; she is eager to be a part of the fun. She enjoys sitting with adults and telling stories. She loves to color, draw and write. She learns pre-vocational skills at school, as well. She is currently working on the following skills: washing dishes and sweeping; and these fine motor skills: beading and threading bracelets; cutting with scissors. *Rebekah is independent in indicating her needs, and independent in 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 7 foster sisters, as well as adults. She has several very close friends with whom she gets along very well.

*** 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 in the past here.

Victory Home

*Zane, age 14, has Down Syndrome. *Zane is a very talkative, fun-loving, friendly boy. He is a very studious student and is trilingual, speaking 3 languages – English, Telugu, and Hindi. *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 can write his name and read short words in English. *Zane also participates in a vocational program at home. 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 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 in the past here.

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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.

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**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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