Update June 2020
March 2020 Update:
*Rebekah is continuing to improve her literacy in both her native language and English. She is working on reading and writing sentences and expanding vocabulary. She is able to do small, simple addition with single digits, and is working on moving on to double-digit addition. In pre-vocational classes, she is learning to make paper chains and improving her needle and threading skills.
PD: *Rebekah stands in front of a rust-brown wall, wearing a brilliant blue top & chunni (scarf). Her dark hair is braided into a beautiful crown & her brilliant smile is visible under the graphic that covers part of her face to protect her identity!
In this series, each Friday, I want to share a different child with you who is available for adoption and 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: *Rebekah!
Meet *Rebekah, a 13-year-old girl who lives at Faith Home and is waiting for her family to find her.
Rebekah is 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
PD: *Rebekah wears a white top. Her dark hair is in a ponytail & you can see a hint of her smile under the graphic that protects her identity by covering her face.
*Rebekah’s Medical History
*Rebekah has a congenital disability called Apert Syndrome. As a young child, she underwent necessary surgeries to separate fused fingers. She now has 4 functional fingers on each hand. She has also undergone a number of surgeries on her skull to help improve her quality of life and relieve pressure on her brain. She will need more surgeries in the future, which will be best done in the US. One of these complex surgeries she will need is known as a mid-face advance.
*Rebekah is very smart. she can write numbers 1 to 200 and loves counting things. She knows and writes all her upper- and lowercase letters. She is reading and writing 3-letter words; she can spell her name. She doesn’t want to miss out on what is happening; she is eager to be a part of the fun. She recently moved to a new home with older girls and participates in an on-site vocational program where she learns to make beaded or thread-wrapped bracelets and flower necklaces.
Other Information About *Rebekah
*Rebekah is independent in indicating her needs, and independent in all self-care. She is well-liked by staff, and is helpful in the home. She was previously working on pre-vocational skills of sweeping, cutting, and helping clean up before she transitioned to her new home to attend the vocational program, where she will learn to make beaded and threaded bracelets and flower necklaces. She is well-adjusted and enjoys spending time with her foster sisters as well as adults. She has several very close friends with whom she gets along very well. She is described as a heart-stealer! She enjoys cuddling with some of her foster sisters. *Rebekah enjoys sitting with adults and telling stories. She loves to color, draw, and write. She also enjoys visiting the beach!
PD: *Rebekah stands on the balcony of her home in front of some foliage, wearing a traditional Indian top in is a beautiful burgundy w/ white, lacy decorative trim around the neckline & sleeves & paisley appliques along the waist. Her hands are clasped in front of her & a hint of her big smile is visible under a graphic covering her face to protect her identity. Her black hair is pulled back away from her face.
*Rebekah is fully sponsored at this time, so needs no additional sponsors!
You can read more of what I’ve written about *Rebekah 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 $300 and $400 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 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.