Update February 2020:
*Julie’s RR profile was completely overhauled this month! In addition, staff at her foster home were able to secure an official age change to a more appropriate age for *Julie!
Here’s her recent photo!
PD: *Julie sits on her home’s rooftop at a recent birthday party w/ a huge smile on her face and a star over her eyes to protect her identity. She wears a red suspender birthday skirt & black & white striped top underneath along w/ butterfly pin at the neckline, red flower earrings, & a flower hair tie in her black hair, which is half-up.
*Julie is just as friendly as ever! When people she knows or visitors enter the room, she grins from ear to ear and calls them over to say hi. *Julie is a girl who can make everyone laugh! She is spunky, funny, and oh, so sassy. *Julie continues to work on her letters, numbers, shapes, and colors in class. She can now count to 10, identify 15% of the English alphabet, and identify basic colors.
She is bonded to her primary caregiver and gets along with the other children in her home. She receives physical therapy 5x/week, where she is working on tall kneeling and strengthening her back muscles. She can bear weight on her legs during physical therapy with the help of AFOs.
*Julie had hip surgery in July 2019. She is working daily with her physical therapist to regain strength in her legs, core, and arms. Through a variety of exercises, she is sitting independently again and has started to crawl. *Julie also stands with assistance while wearing AFOs during therapy. *Julie is one tough cookie, and she is working hard to be even stronger than she was before.
Update September 2019:
One of *Julie’s former foster mothers, Colleen, has written an updated, comprehensive blog post about her. Please go read it here! The post is public, so anyone can view and/or share it. If you aren’t *Julie’s family, please consider sharing her today! She is such a gem and doesn’t deserve to age out of adoption.
Personnel in her current foster placement are working to get her official birth date changed, but it is not a guarantee they will be able to secure this. Because children are often abandoned in this country, as well as the lack of importance of birthdays culturally, it is sometimes impossible to know birth dates.
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), Ind*a.
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: *Julie!
*Julie is estimated to be 11 years old (see September 2019 update!). She lives at Anchor Home and is waiting for her family to find her!
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: *Julie wears a pink polka dotted shirt & purple eyeglasses. Her hair is in 2 pigtail braids & she is smiling widely under the graphic covering her face to protect her identity.
*Julie’s Medical History
*Julie was born with hydrocephalus, which has been treated. She also wears glasses. She receives physical therapy 3-4 times a week, where she is working on tall-kneeling and strengthening her back muscles. She has recently started bearing weight on her legs during physical therapy with the help of AFOs.
*Julie attends an on-site school where she works with her teacher on learning her English alphabet and shapes. She can count up to 5 and identifies basic colors. *Julie likes to look at books and play with toys, especially baby dolls and blocks. She is bilingual and speaks full sentences in her native language (Telugu), along with 70+ English words. She understands most of what is said to her in both English and Telugu.
Other Information About *Julie
*Julie is quite the social butterfly, and gets along with everyone so easily. You can’t help but fall head-over-heels for her sweet smile and carefree spirit! *Julie has a deep love and appreciation for food, and feels happiest when she is in someone’s arms and able to participate in all the fun. *Julie is described as funny and sassy. She is a friendly child and always greets visitors with a big smile and waves them over to say hello. She is bonded to her primary caregiver, and gets along with the other children. She loves to hold the babies and play with other children her age.
When *Julie was smaller, she was very weak. She has gotten so strong with the help of physical therapy! A funny story about *Julie is that when she was younger, everyone called her ‘*Julie-baby’ (using her real name instead of ‘*Julie’), and for the longest time she thought that was her actual name! She would only respond to that name specifically. She now knows that her name isn’t really ‘baby’, but I think it’s the cutest story!
*Julie has good use of her hands, is able to complete tasks such as feeding herself, and is working on pre-writing skills. She can sit independently and crawl. She is also in the process of learning to attend to her washroom needs, and has been doing really well. She is available for adoption to single moms, as well as other families.
*Julie is fully sponsored, so needs no additional funds at this time!
You can read more of what I’ve written about *Julie 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.