Blog Share: Malea is Adopting!


PD: 4 little girls sit in a row, facing the wall w/ their backs to the camera. All have beautiful brown hair & cute outfits. They have their arms around each other.
4 sisters! Photo credit: Nikki C/Merissa H

PD: 4 little girls sit in a row, facing the wall w/ their backs to the camera. All have beautiful brown hair & cute outfits. They have their arms around each other.

8/5/18: Malea’s adoption is complete! She has adopted *Cara from Anchor Home at SCH! They will soon be traveling back to the US, where they will live with their dachshund, Melo!


Original post:

My friend Malea is in the process of adopting internationally! She will be adopting a little girl from India. She has been matched, and is now in the waiting process. She has currently been referring to her baby girl as ‘Sweet Joy’.

Malea has previously spent an extensive amount of time volunteering at SCH (Sarah’s Covenant Homes) in the past. She is very familiar with children such as *Lily and *Dinah of Courage Home Purple.

You can follow Malea’s adoption adventure here, on her very own blog! Malea writes about her adoption and other experiences, as well as advocating for children who do not have families.

If you can, please consider donating toward the costs of her adoption here, on her personal YouCaring page!

In her own words, here is what Malea had to say on her YouCaring fundraising page!

I am adopting a little girl from India! There’s so much I don’t yet know about her- who she is, where she lives, how old she is, or what her needs are. I do know that I love her beyond reason, despite all I don’t know about her! I also know that the little girl I’m adopting NEEDS a family. My little girl will have some physical special need, in addition to her need for a family of her very own. I don’t yet know exactly what that need is, but I do know that I will do everything in my power, leverage everything I have, to get my girl the care she needs, in addition to giving her the love of a family that she so deserves and so desperately needs.

Adoption is expensive. This process will probably cost approximately $30,000. But my daughter is invaluable, priceless, and worth every sacrifice. I’ve been saving and setting aside money to cover these expenses. I’m being frugal and cutting expenses. I’m applying for grants, crafting, babysitting, and working full-time. But I will need help and am trusting God to provide. And I’m asking for your prayers, encouragement, and financial support to bring my daughter home. 

Update October 29, 2017

Here’s an update on what fees I’ve already paid and what is on the short horizon:

Paid
$350 WACAP application fee
$1500 Homestudy fee (required by my state)
$150 Required Adoption/Parenting classes
$80 fingerprints for state and federal background checks
$350 WACAP homestudy review fee

Coming Up
$860 USCIS 1-800A (US government fees)
$6,600 agency fee (at time of acceptance in WACAP India program)

PD: 4 little girls in pink dance tutus & white tights face the balcony railing.
Ready for dance class! Photo credit: Nikki C/Merissa H

PD: 4 little girls in pink dance tutus & white tights face the balcony railing.

Some stats:

Children represent 39% of India’s population… The figures show that the larger number of about 29% constitutes Children … between 0-5 years. The share of Children (0-6 years) in the total population has showed a decline of 2.8 points in 2011, compared to Census 2001. The children’s population (0-18) is 472 million.

(2011 – source)

Additional info is available at this source.

By the Numbers

YearIn-country AdoptionInter-country Adoption
20105693628
2011 (Jan’11 to March’12)5964629
2012-2013 (April’12 to March’13)4694308
2013-2014 (April’13 to March’14)3924430
2014-2015 ( April’14 to March’15)3988374
2015-2016 (April’15 to March’16)3011666
2016-2017 (April’16 to March’17)3210578

The above table is credited to: source

Stats from News Sources

Of the 11 million abandoned children, 90% are girls. All of them have little hope of finding a home, for only 2,518 were adopted in 2009.

(2011 – source)

In 2011, India [had] the highest population of children below the age of 18 — 41% of the total population. [Over] 4% of them are orphan[s].

(2011 – source)

In addition:

The only good news the study presents is [the] overall estimation of orphan children in [percentage] terms is expected to fall by 2021, although their number will increase from present 20 million to 24 million. However, there is no comparative data to indicate whether the number of orphan children has increased or decreased.

(2011 – source)

More Info

For more information regarding orphan status in India, you can peruse this article (click link to be redirected), or conduct some google searches of your own.

You can also read India’s adoption authority, CARA’s, Annual report here (PDF – click link to be redirected).

For more information about adopting from India, visit the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA)’s official website (click link to be redirected). CARA is part of the Ministry of Women & Child Development of the Indian government.

For more information regarding Sarah’s Covenant Homes and the work they do, visit their official website (click link to be redirected).

SCH Logo Black
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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