Update 2019: Unfortunately, *Paxton aged out 😦 you can still support her by sponsoring her! *Paxton needs $100/month in additional sponsorship funds to be fully sponsored! Sign up to sponsor her here.
Meet *Paxton this Find Me Friday! I’m so excited to introduce *Paxton to you! She is an amazing girl who has a positive outlook on life. *Paxton is 15 years old and will age out on her 16th birthday! Please, let’s shout for her so she has the best possible chance at a family!
*Paxton REALLY wants (and needs) a loving, forever family. She currently lives in a foster family with 14 sisters! This is an urgent situation, and *Paxton’s quality of life could be improved with access to medications and therapies that are not available in her home country. If you are outside the US, you may be able to adopt a young adult up to 18 years of age – check your country’s age requirements for immigration and adoption.
PD: *Paxton wears a blue top w/ necklace, earrings, & pink headband in her long, dark, wavy hair, which is down. You can see her smile under the graphic that protects her identity by covering her face.
Medical about *Paxton
*Paxton has a treated heart condition that has caused some cosmetic issues which do not affect functioning. She has congenital tricuspid atresia. She had a bidirectional Glenn Shunt (click to read informational PDF) placed in 2007, and TCPC (total cavopulmonary connection) 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, 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.
*Paxton is in 3rd grade at school in the 2017-18 school year, due to a very late start, but enjoys going to school. She attends a mainstream private school within her city. The school is English-language taught. *Paxton is bilingual, speaking her native language of Telugu as well as English. She is able to add, subtract, divide, multiply, and complete math word problems.
More Info About *Paxton
*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. 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. She has a nurturing spirit, loving to spend time with the babies. *Paxton loves all things girly and pink.
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
You can read more of what I’ve written about *Paxton 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! SCH relies on donations to keep running. Donation opportunities include child sponsors at any cost per month, from as low as $25/month. Sponsorship usually costs between $300 and $500 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.