February 2020 Update:
*Esther is a sweet girl with a joyful and spunky spirit. She speaks her native language fluently and can understand most English. Her sentences in English are simple, and she would benefit from the support of a speech therapist. She has many friends, and can usually be found in a circle of girls, playing with toys or sitting in a reading corner with her favorite book. *Esther enjoys English and writing, but has difficulty concentrating in math. She has memorized her alphabet and numbers 1-300. She can write four- and five-letter words neatly. *Esther thrives on one-on-one attention, and can focus on her schooling best when given individual attention. *Esther’s hobbies include jumping on the trampoline, coloring, painting, dancing, and singing. One of her favorite times of the day is when everyone is settling in for the night and she is able to sit down, either singing or dancing with her friends, or reading her favorite book. This sweet girl longs to have a family of her own.
PD: *Esther stands on the balcony of her home, spinning in a circle! The baby-pink gauze skirt of her dress is puffing out as she spins, & the top is white w/ pink embroidery. She holds a matching chunni (scarf) in one hand. Her black hair is in 2 pigtail braids and she is facing a way from teh camera 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: *Esther! *Esther is a 14-year-old girl from Joy Home who is waiting for her family to find her. *ESTHER IS AT RISK OF AGING OUT! SHE ONLY HAS TIL HER 16TH BIRTHDAY TO BE ADOPTED.
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: *Esther wears a colourful patterned top w/ lace at the collar & a blue headband. She smiles brilliantly under the graphic that protects her identity by covering her face.
*Esther’s medical History
*Esther has been diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy and monoplegia of the left hand, as well as a developmental and speech delay. She is on medication to control seizures, and is currently seizure-free.
*Esther has memorized her alphabet and numbers 1 to 200. She is writing four letter words neatly. *Esther speaks her native language fluently and understands some English. Her sentences in both languages are not clear and she needs the support of a speech therapist.
Other Information About *Esther
*Esther thrives from having adult attention, and asks desperately when her family is coming. She is learning appropriate boundaries with strangers, and tends to request hugs from any adult. She tends to have trouble concentrating and attending to conversation. She can be somewhat shy at times, but is always eager to please. Her social skills are delayed, but she is well-liked by the other girls in her home and plays nicely.
*Esther likes jumping on the trampoline, cuddling with caregivers, coloring, dancing, and singing. She likes to be active with the other children in her house, but she also is comfortable entertaining herself with books and other quiet activities.
*Esther is fully sponsored, so does not need any additional sponsorship funds at this time!
You can read more of what I’ve written about *Esther 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 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. No full-face photos will be posted.