Update August 2020:
Most weekdays, after breakfast, *Dinah spends time working on self-care skills. She also has class where she works on a variety of skills, especially her gross motor and O&M skills. *Dinah radiates joy and excitement when she dances!
PD: *Dinah has a radiant smile! Her long, black hair has some waves in it, and is crown-braided around the front & sides. She wears a black traditional top w/ pink flowers & pink scarf around her chest, which she is holding up delicately w/ 1 hand. She has a star graphic covering her eyes to protect her identity.
Updated February 2020
Each Friday, I want to share a different child with you who is available for adoption who lives at Sarah’s Covenant Homes (SCH).
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.
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PD: *Dinah wears a black floral sleeveless dress. Her hair is down, except the front, which is swept back w/ blue bow. Her toothy grin is visible under the graphic that protects her identity by covering her face.
*Dinah’s Medical History
*Dinah was born with cerebral palsy mostly affecting her legs. She is non-verbal, and uses a commincation app on an iPad to communicate (see education section below for more info!), along with other nonverbal communication. *Dinah has an eye condition called nystagmus, which makes her eyes move involuntarily and affects her vision. She does daily eye exercises with a caregiver as recommended by an eye doctor to help strengthen them.
*Dinah is currently working on self-help skills such as dressing herself. She has been working on using a simple voice-output communication system to greet other children and choose between two toy options, and can use ‘yes’ and ‘no’ cards to communicate, as well. She follows simple, English commands and can identify body parts by touching them when asked. She works daily on school activities and takes part in Anjali School for the Blind on-site in her home. She plays with toys, seeks out preferred toys, and seeks out preferred children to play beside. She is great at getting into the toy box and getting all the toys out! She is social and gets very excited when surrounded by lots of people. She likes to do what the other children are doing. *Dinah attends hippotherapy, or therapeutic horseback riding, on a schedule.
PD: *Dinah stands w/ her hands on the balcony railing. She is smiling & a graphic obscures her face to protect her identity. Her hair is in 2 braids & she is wearing a long pink t-shirt & tan pants tucked into tall riding boots!
Other Information About *Dinah
*Dinah has the longest, most beautiful dark hair! Everyone loves to play with it, and no one will let it be cut more than a trim! For a time, she had a caregiver who loved to try out different hairstyles. Unfortunately, her caregiver had to resign due to family issues, but her house parents and other caregivers try their best! *Dinah is giggly, likes to snuggle, and is described as sweet and content. She shows the ability to build strong attachments and follows her preferred caregiver, opening her arms for a hug. *Dinah walks independently and feeds herself; she is becoming more independent, and is currently working on dressing. She is not independent with bathroom needs, but could probably learn in a more stable family environment. She loves to dance and immediately stands and starts dancing when music comes on!
This is a girl who knows what she wants, and will do whatever it takes to get it! *Dinah can often be found in the exact place of the activity she would like to be doing – for instance, when she is hungry, she walks right to the table and sits down to eat – even if the room is empty, and there isn’t a meal or snack prepared! *Dinah is beginning to become very interested in films and movies.
*Dinah’s foster parent had this to say about a special bond with foster sister, *Lily, observed recently while watching a movie:
“Recently we were watching the movie ‘Frozen’ and [*Lily’s] eyes lit up as Anna was twirling in a fancy dress and singing. She turned to me with joy bubbling up inside and shrieked “Me!!! *Lily!!” pointing to the character on the screen. That day was *Dinah’s birthday, one of the girls whom *Lily grew up with. Later in the movie, as Elsa belted out “Let It Go”, *Lily turned to *Dinah and pointed to the screen. “*Dinah!””
*Dinah still needs $85/month to become fully sponsored. Sign up to sponsor her here!
You can read more of what I’ve written about *Dinah 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 her country in general, 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 sponsorship 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 the 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 also become a medical sponsor (ideal for large groups or organizations who wish to support SCH) and donate toward monthly emergency medical expenses; or become an educational sponsor and donate toward a specific on-site school! Also, here is the link to SCH’s general fund. In addition, you can give a one-time donation to any home by visiting each home’s landing page on SCH’s official website, under the heading “Meet Our Kids”! 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.