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: *Zane! *Zane is a 15-year-old boy who lives at Victory home and is waiting for his family to find him. URGENT: *ZANE IS AT RISK OF AGING OUT! HE ONLY HAS UNTIL MAY 2020 TO FIND A FAMILY.
I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
PD: *Zane stands against a patterned wall, wearing a pink shirt. His fuzzy, dark brown haircut & the hint of a smile are visible under the graphic that protects his identity by covering his face.
*Zane’s Medical History
*Zane has Down Syndrome. He is described as “very high-functioning” and independent. He has no known health issues.
*Zane is taught at home by a tutor and participates in a vocational program, as well. He is a very studious student and is tri-lingual, speaking 3 languages – English, Telugu, and Hindi. He is fluent in Telugu, learning Hindi, and is learning English. He currently speaks some English and has great receptive language in that language, as well. His vocabulary is always growing in each language. He can write his name and read short words in English. Victory Home’s vocational program is in its beginning stages and constantly growing. In the past, they’ve made envelopes and packaged spices for sale, and are currently making thread bracelets, among other things.
Other information about *Zane
*Zane is a very talkative, fun-loving, friendly boy. *Zane is always one of the first to seek out newcomers and visitors and befriend them. He also has some pretty sweet dance moves! He is communicative and very funny. He is independent with self-care, and requires no support with tasks such as feeding, dressing, and bathing. He is a sweet kid, never aggressive, and has good relationships with the other boys and staff. He is socially motivated, and likes to meet new friends.
Until *Zane family finds him, he needs sponsors! He currently needs $260/month in additional funds to be completely sponsored. You can sign up to sponsor him here.
You can read more of what I’ve written about *Zane 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.