Update January 2019:
*Ginger’s Reece’s Rainbow profile was updated in December 2018! The following was stated in her update:
*Ginger is doing great! She has learned to colour large objects rather than scribbling, and this has been a fun new activity for her. She has also been enjoying making Christmas crafts and helping to decorate her home. She needs support with this, but loves to try her hardest and is proud of her work. Right now, she is enjoying playing with toys like Legos and puzzles. She is a kind friend. Whenever one of the other girls is sad, she comforts them by sitting beside them, giving a hug, and patting their arms or legs.
PD: *Ginger stands on a balcony of her home w/ greenery in the background. She has hands on hips & a radiant smile w/ an endearing missing front tooth. Her hair is half-up in a high pony & a graphic covers part of her face. She wears a beautiful black & white ethnic-print dress featuring parading elephants.
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: *Ginger!
*Ginger is a 14-year-old girl who lives at Jubilee Home and is waiting for her forever family to find her. *GINGER IS AT RISK OF AGING OUT! She must be adopted by her 16th birthday in May 2021. She desperately wants and needs a family! Please share her.
I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
PD: *Ginger wears a white dress w/ pink floral print & pink bow in her short, curly hair. You can see a hint of her shy smile under the graphic that protects her identity by covering her face.
*Ginger’s Medical History
*Ginger has cerebral palsy and an intellectual delay. She can walk independently, but is a bit wobbly on unstable surfaces. She wears glasses, and when she has them, she is more stable whilst walking. *Ginger is non-verbal, but can say a few words that are not very clear. However, those who know her know what she is saying. She knows some signs, such as “water”, “eat”, and “bathroom”.
*Ginger loves to be a helper to the teachers in her on-site special class; she can identify letters and numbers 1-10 by pointing to the correct answer. She knows her English alphabet and her colors in sign language. She is currently scribbling, as she has difficulty holding a pencil. She is working on tasks in school like beading, using a pincer grasp, and developing her gross motor skills, such as walking in a straight line. *Ginger participates in a vocational program on-site as part of her schooling. She has made leaps and bounds in her school classes!
Other Info ABout *Ginger
*Ginger is adorable, friendly, and eager to learn and explore. She is a happy and active girl who loves music, running, and playing with her foster siblings (one of her best friends is foster sister *Naomi!).
Former foster mom Katie had this to say about *Ginger on her Facebook page:
“Energetic. Funny. Smart. Active. Lovable. Capable. Worthy. Deserving.
*Ginger is a really awesome girl to say the least! She enjoys jumping on the trampoline, swimming, going to the park, shopping, beading, crafting, and so much more. She loves being involved in activities and making sure the other girls are involved too. I have so loved getting to know *Ginger.
Even though she has access to some great activities, she is in desperate need of a family. She would thrive in a family. I dream about the progress she would make in a family and what her future would look like with consistency and overflowing love.”
*Ginger needs $305/month in additional sponsorship funds to be fully sponsored while she waits for her forever family to find her. Sign up to sponsor her here!
You can read more of what I’ve written about *Ginger 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.