Updated July 2019:
*Victoria is 15 years old and is AT RISK OF AGING OUT! She must be adopted by her 16th birthday in April 2020. That’s less than a year away! She needs her family to see her ASAP. See below for revisions.
From her sponsorship page:
*Victoria is a bright, giggly, and vibrant young lady. She loves interacting with staff and visitors, and can often be found chatting up a storm. *Victoria attends a school for the Blind on-site at another foster home, and is learning Braille.
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: *Victoria!
Meet *Victoria, a 15-year-old girl who lives at Joy Home and is waiting for her family to find her. *Victoria will age out on her 16th birthday in April 2020! She desperately needs a family! Please share her far and wide.
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.
PD: *Victoria wears a white lace dress & white bow in her hair, which is dark brown & reaches just below her shoulders. She has a big smile under the graphic protecting her identity.
Fun fact: *Victoria is the girl wearing the sari in the photo at the top of all my SCH blog posts!
*Victoria’s Medical history
*Victoria is functionally blind due to being born with microphthalmia, or small eye, on one side, and anophthalmia, or missing eye, on the other. She has about 10% vision in her smaller eye. She has been fitted with a tissue expander in the past for her missing eye, but no longer has them. She wears glasses when she reads (see education: she can read large-print). When she was younger, she underwent a surgery to correct clubfoot and congenital clubbing of some fingers.
PD: *Victoria stands in front of a trampoline, wearing an orange top w/ multi-coloured chevrons & other embroidered patterns on it & blue headband. She smiles a huge smile & a yellow bar with her name on it in script is over her eyes.
*Victoria currently attends a rehab center where she gets private tutoring, learns Braille, and wayfinding. She and also takes part in Anjali School for the Blind (ASB) with a resource teacher, alongside foster sister *Stephanie, in another foster home in her apartment complex. She can read large print and reads and writes at a beginner level. She can do simple addition and subtraction facts in her head. She is bilingual, able to communicate at a beginner level in English, and is fluent in her native language.
PD: *Victoria sits on the marble floor w/ legs criss-cross applesauce atop 1 another, wearing a black t-shirt w/ written design & black pants. She holds a tactile craft – paper shaped like an animal, coloured w/ crayon & that has 4 clothespins for legs. She is smiling & the photo is cropped to protect her identity.
Other Information About *Victoria
*Victoria would do well in a family without younger siblings. She enjoys being the center of attention, and moves around comfortably and independently. She is quite independent, despite her low vision. She has a lot of energy and loves socializing, and simply needs constructive outlets for her energy.
*Victoria is independent with her self care. She loves to color and dance. She loves playing games outdoors, walking in the park, dancing, art, and running around. She brings a lot of joy to her environment, and is often spotted with a smile on her face. *Victoria loves interacting with staff and visitors and can often be found chatting up a storm.
PD: *Victoria wears her birthday sari – navy blue w/ spangles & pink trim, a pink underskirt & top. She has jasmine in her hair & clips at the top. She stands w/ hands on hips, looking down so her face is not shown. She has pretty earrings & bangles.
*Victoria is fully sponsored, so does not need any additional sponsorship funds at this time!
You can read more of what I’ve written about *Victoria 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.