Update February 2020:
*Daylan has a handsome new photo (below)! I have also edited his age, as he has turned another year older in 2020. Let’s find his family this year!
PD: *Daylan has a huge smile & a star covering his eyes to protect his identity. He lays on a colourful blanket wearing a gray t-shirt.
*Daylan participates in daily educational and motor skill classes with the use of his wheelchair and a lap-tray. *Daylan is eager and determined to learn! He loves working on basic spelling and math, and is so proud of himself when he learns something new! He is currently using a combination of assistive technology and PECS to help him with his non-verbal communication. Even without these, *Daylan is still loud and clear in his communication using vocalizations, facial expressions, and pointing to make his needs and feelings known. He loves to use switch-adapted toys and toys with large buttons that he is able to use independently. Unfortunately, *Daylan’s dystonia has become more severe as he has grown over the past year. His ability to roll and scoot around the floor has decreased significantly, but he is still able to sit comfortably in his wheelchair with the support of a back brace. *Daylan is incredibly joyful, sweet, goofy, sassy, and spunky. One of *Daylan’s current favorite games is to lay next to one of the other boys in his home and attempt to stick his finger into their noses and ears! This always brings lots of laughter from everyone around him! *Daylan truly has so much potential to thrive in a family!
Update January 2019:
*Daylan’s Reece’s Rainbow was updated in December 2018! The update stated the following:
*Daylan can now sit independently for a short amount of time without back support, and can stand holding onto a railing for minutes at a time. He has a good understanding of the English language and can respond to many commands. He is very motivated to learn. He is able to spell his own name and can identify most letters of the alphabet by pointing when asked. He is now working on identifying the sounds of each letter, and spelling other simple words.
*Daylan is very social, and loves to meet new people. He is a happy child, always finding reasons to laugh and to make others laugh. Some of his favorite activities are going on adventures, playing on the trampoline, swimming, and learning to ride an adaptive bike. Striving to be as independent as possible, he likes to brush his own teeth, put gel in his hair, and self-feed large food items! He is an amazing kid with so much potential to grow. Video is available!
PD: *Daylan is laying on the balcony of his home, wearing a gray top. He has a brilliant smile & a graphic covers his part of his face to protect his identity. He has the cutest dimples, soft black hair, & beautiful caramel skin.
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: *Daylan!
Meet *Daylan, a 13-year-old boy who lives at Courage Home and is waiting for his family to find him.
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PD: *Daylan wears a plaid shirt, sitting on the ground. His cute mohawk haircut, short on the sides & long on the top, & his huge, open-mouthed smile are visible under the graphic that protects his identity by covering his face.
*Daylan’s Medical History
*Daylan has been diagnosed with ataxic cerebral palsy. He also has epilepsy, which he takes daily medication to control. *Daylan has been chronically hepatitis B-positive since birth. There is a lot of stigma around hepatitis, but I assure you, it does NOT make *Daylan any less of a person. He’s a great kid! The condition is manageable and should not be stigmatized.
None of *Daylan’s disabilities or medical diagnoses make him any less worthy of a loving, supportive family, and I hope they find him! *Daylan would be a gem to any family.
*Daylan attends on-site school 5 days a week, loves to learn, and has a lot of potential! He appropriately and spontaneously uses modified sign language for water, eat, more, and all done. He also communicates through vocalizations, facial expressions, and gesturing. He knows his colors and can point to the correct color when asked. He can identify numbers 1 to 10. He can sit independently with back support and is working on sitting independently without support. He independently rolls and scoots around on the floor. He can walk with someone holding him at his arms, and can stand holding a railing for short periods of time.
Other Information About *Daylan
*Daylan has a very calm, pleasant personality and enjoys expressing himself through sounds. *Daylan is a social, happy, enthusiastic, intelligent boy who loves to play with toys (especially squeaky ones), other kids, and adults. He is quite communicative despite speech challenges. Has a customized wheelchair, but also gets around in other ways, as described in the previous section. *Daylan is described as a hard-worker, and is very motivated to participate in activities and perform as independently as possible. He is a joyful, amazing kid. He has a great sense of humor and enjoys making others laugh by sticking out his tongue, tickling, and acting silly.
*Daylan needs just $25/month in additional sponsorship funds to be fully sponsored while he waits for her forever family to find him! Sign up to sponsor him here!
You can read more of what I’ve written about *Daylan here.
Please help by sharing *Daylan so that his family can find him!
**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.