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 re-directed to her RR advocacy page), an 11-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, & a blue & white flower in her curly, dark brown, shoulder-length hair, which is braided across the front & down one side. You can see a huuuge grin under the graphic that protects her identity.
Medical about *Molly:
*Molly has cerebral palsy and is a wheelchair user who is non-verbal, but uses alternative communication technology (see education section below). She can sit independently for short periods of time and is constantly working on her head control, which helps to improve her eye gaze technology use in turn. She had a feeding tube (g-tube, placed 2018) to supplement her nutrition and help her gain weight, but she continues to eat meals by mouth, and particularly enjoys self-feeding. She will tolerate hand-over-hand support with this. She also enjoys attending to her own self-care needs, such as teeth brushing teeth and hair combing. She attends to the washroom using a Rifton chair (a seat used to assist people with disabilities). As stated above, she has undergone surgery to correct a prolapsed hip (March 2018). *Molly receives regular physical therapy at home.
PD: *Molly sits independently against a wall, wearing a sequined black dress & leggings w/ a black flower in her hair. She has a brilliant smile on her face, which is visible below the graphic that protects her identity.
*Molly 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! The 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 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. She plays counting/math games on her eye-gaze 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.
*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 technology). 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. *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. *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 in the past 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 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. No full-face photos will be posted.