Updated February 2020
Update January 2019:
In March 2018, due to increasing hip pain and subluxation of her hip joints, *Molly underwent a major double hip surgery: femoral derotation and osteotomy to correct the alignment of her hips and femurs. She was in a spica cast (immobilizing her hips and knees) for over a month. She then spent much of the year re-gaining the strength and movement she had lost while immobilized. She is a fighter and persevered through significant discomfort over the past year. She maintained her joyful, sweet spirit throughout!
PD: *Molly wears her traditional dress, a bright yellow 3/4 length top w/orange piping & embroidery & long, neon orange skirt w/ lots of colourful trim, embroidery, & detail in rainbow colours. A blue headband is in her dark, curly hair reaching just below her shoulders. She has a huge smile, sitting in her wheelchair on the balcony of her foster home w/ graphic protecting her identity.
*Molly celebrated her 12th birthday in December 2018. She was very excited to receive a new traditional dress for the occasion, and to get henna designs drawn on her arms! She loves getting fancy and looked so gorgeous! *Molly was also very enthusiastic about her cake, as she loves all sweets. Over the past year, *Molly developed a new interest in make-up and will request to wear it by reaching up and rubbing her hand on her lips and cheeks. She also was introduced to the movie Frozen, and it has become a favorite. She will “sing” (vocalize) along to favorite songs such as “Let it Go”. *Molly may not stand out as one of the youngest or one of the sickest, but she is so worthy of a family. She would be a beautiful addition to a family and a beloved daughter, sister, and cousin.
Ok folx, I realize I missed last ‘Find Me Friday’, and I feel bad! So to make up for it, I’m doing a ‘Find Me Friday: Wednesday Edition’, featuring *Molly!
Why *Molly, today in particular?
Well, today *Mol went for a surgery to help correct a prolapsed hip, which was the result of rapidly transitioning to sitting up frequently in her wheelchair, which she received about 2 years ago from the time of this post, if I remember right. Due to laying down for much of her life prior to receiving her wheelchair, coupled with CP affecting her muscles, she was having pain related to sitting up properly positioned. The surgery was successful, and she is resting in the hospital, hopefully to be moved to the regular ward tomorrow (as of July 2018, she is now home and getting back to her normal routine!). Her foster moms say she is doing well.
Sooo, without further ado, meet *Molly (click to be redirected to her RR advocacy page), a 13-year-old girl who lives at Courage Home and is waiting for her family to find her!
I’m so excited to share this spunky, happy-go-lucky, amazing, capable individual with you today!
PD: *Molly wears a white & navy polka dot shirt, & blue/white flower in her curly, dark brown, shoulder-length hair, which is braided across the front & down 1 side. You can see a huuuge grin under the graphic that protects her identity.
*Molly’s Medical History
*Molly has cerebral palsy and is a wheelchair user who is non-verbal, but uses alternative communication technology (see education section below) in combination with vocalizations, facial expressions, and signs. She sits independently for short periods and is constantly working on head control, which helps improve her eye gaze technology use in turn. She had a g-tube placed in 2018 for supplemental nutrition and to help her gain weight, but she continues to eat meals by mouth and particularly enjoys self-feeding. She will tolerate hand-over-hand support. She enjoys attending to her own self-care needs, such as teeth-brushing and hair-combing. She attends to the washroom using a Rifton chair (a seat used to assist people with disabilities). She underwent surgery to correct a prolapsed hip in March 2018. *Molly receives regular physical therapy at home.
PD: *Molly sits against a wall, wearing a sequined black dress & leggings w/ black flower in her hair. She has a brilliant smile which is visible below the graphic that protects her identity.
*Molly tries hard to communicate using limited signing, speech, facial expressions, and an eye gaze-controlled computer. She works hard to learn to use her technology. She is the first child at SCH to learn to use eye gaze! This equipment was funded by a former volunteer who put a lot of time and effort into bringing the apparatus to India and teaching *Mol to use it. She is smart and loves learning; she is 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 and often plays counting/math games on her computer.
PD: *Molly sits in her wheelchair, looking down at a colourful book she is reading herself. She wears an orange dress & orange bow in her side-ponytail.
Other information About *Molly
*Molly is described as laid-back and content. She loves to be included, and likes being silly and goofy. She prefers to be right in the center of the action! Her foster siblings attempt to include her as much as possible. She especially enjoys when others treat her as they would treat anyone else and loves to be as independent as possible. *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 computer). She likes to color and paint using adaptive tools. She can ride an adaptive bike (see photo below!) and loves to participate in water play on the roof of her home (where the family gathers to play outside).
*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 (who has a family of her own coming), and also has a special bond with foster brother *Nolan (also listed with RR!). *Molly really wants a family and sometimes gets sad when other kids are adopted from her home.
PD: *Molly rides an adaptive bike, wearing a blue floral dress. The photo is taken from behind. Her right hand is on the handlebars & she has a bun in her half-up hair.
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 here.
**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 $350 and $500 per child, depending on complexity of needs and city in which they live (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 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.