Updated February 2019: *Jeanette has been adopted! She now resides in Canada with her new parents and 3 siblings.
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. All children in this region are available to single mothers.
Without further ado, please meet today’s Find Me Friday child, *Jeanette!
Meet *Jeanette, a 12-year-old girl who lives at Joy Home and is waiting for her family to find her. Read on to learn more!
PD: *Jeanette wears a green traditional Indian top w/ gold pattern & gold neckline, as well as pretty stud earrings. *Jeanette smiles under the graphic that protects her identity by covering her face.
Medical About *Jeanette
*Jeanette was born totally blind. She has a prosthetic left eye which is absolutely beautifully crafted. She does not have any delays at this time.
PD: *Jeanette stands under a brilliantly-blue sky, wearing a pink lace dress. She has bangles on each arm & her face is raised toward the sky w/ her arms triumphantly raised in the air.
*Jeanette attends on-site school, has Braille training at a local center, and works with Anjali School for the Blind to practice and learn other skills and academics. *Jeanette knows Braille, reading at a grade 1 level. She can write on a smartbrailler and a slate and stylus. She uses an abacus to do math, including regrouping addition up to the hundreds place. She knows how to type on a computer, and is learning how to use screen reading software as well as play the keyboard. She is very motivated by technology. She is bilingual, understanding and speaking 2 languages (Telugu and English). She is good enough at both to translate between the two! She used to attend a school for the blind in the community, but class sizes were very large, and quality of teaching was poor, so she is currently being taught at home and is doing very well in a small setting.
PD: *Jeanette in class at ASB. She sits criss-cross applesauce on the floor, leaning over a tactile version of herself, adding yarn hair to a yarn outline wearing real clothing. She’s wearing a a red traditional Indian top & black leggings.
Other Info About *Jeanette:
*Jeanette has a lot of love to give, and is described as sweet and endearing. She is very comfortable moving around independently. She sometimes uses a guide cane to get around, but is very intuitive and knows her home surroundings, so she often doesn’t use it in familiar places. She thrives with one-on-one attention and loves to laugh. She is a bright, inquisitive, fun-loving girl. Due to her compassionate nature, she easily engages with her foster siblings.
You can read more of what I’ve written about *Jeanette 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 become 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.