Update November 2018:
*Sara has the biggest smile that lights up her whole face and turns her eyes to sparkly gems. She is kind and sensitive, girly and silly. She is often found whispering secrets in her foster sisters’ ears and giggling with delight. She adds joy and friendship to those around her. *Sara has many friendships with other children in the house, getting along well with those younger and older than herself. She is a good friend who generously shares with those whom she cares about. She values quality time with caregivers. She likes to verbally process and openly shares stories and daily events. Telugu is her first language, and she is most comfortable praying and communicating in it, but *Sara can communicate well in English, too; she’s able to express her emotions and functions well in daily conversation.
*Sara loves dressing in pretty frocks and wearing jewelry. She also loves to dance and sing – especially with her friends. She has a lot of joy as she embraces life. She is excited to try new experiences. *Sara isn’t the life of the party, but she loves to be part of the group. She doesn’t want to miss out on anything and is an active participant in all group activities. *Sara is developing well and progressing in her academics. Her English has been improving rapidly and her vocabulary is growing, as is her confidence. Due to a late school start, she is behind in her academics. She is currently working hard at catching up, and is being taught an American school curriculum. She enjoys math and science the most, but she is working hard at all other subjects as well. Physical education has become one of the highlights of her day, and she also enjoys jumping on the trampoline after school, making crafts, and attending special movie nights. *Sara constantly expresses her deep desire to a have a family of her own. She longs to belong and be loved by a family.
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.
Today’s featured ‘Find Me Friday’ kid is: *Sara!
*Sara is a 14-year-old girl who is waiting for her family to find her! *Sara will age out this year! She desperately needs a family! Please share her.
*Sara is at risk of aging out of international adoption by Americans, due to the fact that age 15 is the upper limit for international adoption from India. This means she has about less than a year for an American family to be matched with her. See note at the bottom of the page if you live in Canada or abroad, as eligible ages vary by country.
PD: *Sara wears a pink/white floral top. Her shoulder-length hair is pulled back by a clip on 1 side & she wears dangly earrings. You can see a hint of her dimpled smile under the graphic that protects her identity by covering her face.
Medical about *Sara:
*Sara has a manageable autoimmune disease, which you can read more about on her RR profile. She takes medication daily for this illness, which she started in December 2016. She looked very sickly when she arrived, but her face has filled out and she looks much healthier now.
*Sara is an excellent student, and the only thing holding her back is that she got a late start to school. *Sara speaks Telugu (her native language) fluently, and is doing well learning spoken/written English. She can read simple chapter books in English, and is able to sound out most words she does not know. She knows multiplication facts, can add, and subtract. She is so eager to learn, loves to learn everything she can get her hands on, and enjoys working on homework with caregivers.
Other about *Sara:
*Sara has a smile that lights up any room she walks into; she has a quieter personality, but enjoys joking and laughing with people she knows well. She can be shy when meeting new people, but doesn’t take long to warm up and her smile and energetic spirit light up the room. She has a best friend in her home with whom she does everything. *Sara makes friends easily, and enjoys playing games and lending a helping hand. She likes dancing, jumping on the trampoline, and singing, as well as drawing, coloring, and doing crafts. *Sara has a very kind heart, and likes to show affection by hugging those to whom she is close. When she is upset, she likes to cuddle with a caregiver and give hugs.
*** 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***
**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 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.