I’m starting a new series! Each Friday, I want to share a different child with you who is available for adoption who lives at Sarah’s Covenant Homes (SCH), India.
While I do have a running list of all the kids who live at SCH and are listed with the adoption advocacy website Reece’s Rainbow, I’d like to expand on these excerpts and give each child their own post.
PD: *Nolan rides a brown horse around a pasture, whilst 2 helpers help him stay on the horse as they lead it around the ring.
His former foster mother Nikki, who has since moved back to Canada with recently-adopted daughter Deepa, has known *Nolan since he was 3, and desperately desires a family for him. *Nolan longs for a family of his own as well, and cries when other children are adopted from his home. He has been available for adoption since he was 6.
Former house physical therapist, Lydia, has transitioned in to take Nikki’s place after her departure, working alongside long-term co-foster mom Merissa (who adopted Divya from SCH, completed earlier this year). These ladies try so hard, but there is only so much they can do. It is hard to give one-on-one attention to each of their 12 foster and adopted children, and while SCH is good in the interim for those of adoptable age and an alternative for those who are too old to be adopted, children ultimately belong in families. SCH is dedicated to either reunifying with birth parents if possible, facilitating local adoptions within India, or facilitating international adoptions.
*Nolan is a handsome guy with a trendy haircut! He has beautiful, expressive brown eyes that crinkle up when he smiles his brilliant smile. *Nolan loves outings, horses, and being in the center of whatever crazy activity is happening! He loves getting into trouble and watching his caregivers fret over how to keep him in line.
PD: *Nolan wears a black t-shirt. His head is tilted to the side & his hand covers his face, concealing his identity.
Medical about *Nolan:
*Nolan is D/deaf and previously had a cochlear implant, which he no longer uses due to a combination of factors (age at which he was implanted as well as lack of access to quality audiotherapy). 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 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.
PD: *Nolan wears a blue shirt & red bandanna w/ white stars. His mouth is open in a huge smile & his identity is protected by a graphic covering his face.
*Nolan attends on-site school classes in his home with a tutor, 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 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…”. *Nolan would thrive in a D/deaf family, or in an environment where sign language is understood.
PD: *Nolan swings on a red swing at a park, looking away from the camera. He’s wearing a blue plaid shirt, blue shorts, a blue bandanna, & orange sandals.
*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 foster family. He longs for a forever family to call his own and would make a fantastic son. His foster mothers love him very much, but want a permanent family for him.
*Nolan’s cochlear implant surgery was the catalyst for SCH taking on two more D/deaf children, Aleeya and Vignesh, who have both been adopted internationally, and also the motivator for getting them CIs, as well. Though they were not able to benefit him personally, his implantation was a major step. Two other children at SCH who are deaf-blind have received cochlear implants now because of *Nolan’s pioneering.
PD: *Nolan wears a denim button-down shirt w/ white t-shirt underneath. He grins a wide grin & his eyes crinkle from his smile! His dark brown hair is in a trendy boys’ haircut! Part of his face is covered with a graphic to protect his identity.
*Nolan is 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.
I am so excited for this series! Each and every one of these children to be featured are unique, 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 $25/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 government guidelines which state that children in care may not have identifying photos of them on the internet, as well as no identifying information such as birth name, place of origin, etc. No full-face photos will be posted.