SCH has seen soooo much movement on the front of adoptions and reunification lately! From Courage Purple, *Charlotte, *Addie, *Teagan, *Theo, *Louise, *Brianna, and *Selah have all been adopted within the last 2 years, and there are at least 2 pending adoptions in the home currently! There have been countless other adoptions lately, too, including *Nevaeh, *Clay, *Caden, *Emi, *Mia, *Eli, and *Riley from Anchor Home, *Faye & *Lynn from Faith Home, *Anna, *Violet, and *Jeanette from Joy Home, and many others. Brothers *Ethan and *Milo from Courage Teal have been reunited with their biological parents. Other children are being pursued by potential parents who are very early in the adoption process. *Mae joined Courage Purple last year, and she is in contact with her birth family regularly as they work toward reunification. Courage Purple is pursuing some children from a local government orphanage, since they now only have 9 foster kids – and the home began with 12! They are confident they can provide for more children, and each time a child is adopted or reunited, a chance is created for another child to have a home while they wait to be adopted.
In order to continue this forward momentum, I started sharing kids who live at SCH that are listed on the adoption advocacy and grant-writing website Reece’s Rainbow (RR is not an agency, and neither is SCH, but they can point you in the right direction) in a feature called ‘Find Me Friday’. I have a running list of all the kids who are listed through the site, which you can find here, but wanted to showcase each child individually and expand upon my adoption posts.
Below is my list of “Find Me Friday” featured children from the past 5 months, with a photo. Notes about each child are provided under their photo.
PD: *Nolan wears a sky blue shirt & red bandanna w/white stars. He smiles brilliantly under the graphic that protects his identity by covering his face.
*Nolan is a 12-year-old boy who has cerebral palsy and is D/deaf. He uses a combination of ASL and a communication application on an iPad to speak. He lives at Courage Home, and his foster siblings on this list are *Molly, *Lily, *Dinah, and *Georgie! He attends on-site school. He is eligible for an Older Child Grant through Reece’s Rainbow.
PD: *Molly wears a white shirt w/ navy polka dots & blue & white flower in her shoulder-length hair, which is braided across the front & down 1 side. She has a huuuge grin under the graphic that protects her identity!
*Molly is a 12-year-old girl who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair to get around. She uses an eye gaze computer to communicate (the first child to use this technology at SCH), along with a combination of vocalizations and sign language! *Molly loves participating in on-site classes and is very compassionate, so she loves to hold the babies and smaller children. She lives at Courage Home, and her foster siblings on this list are *Nolan, *Lily, *Dinah, and *Georgie! She attends on-site school. She is eligible for an Older Child Grant through Reece’s Rainbow.
Update 2019: Unfortunately, *Paxton aged out before a family could be found for her. She still needs sponsors, and you can find out how to support her by visiting her name (linked above) and locating the sponsorship blurb near the bottom of the post.
PD: *Paxton wears a blue top w/ necklace, earrings, & pink headband in her long, dark, wavy hair, which is down. You can see her smile under the graphic that protects her identity.
PD: *Dinah wears a black, floral sleeveless dress. Her hair is down, except the front, which is swept back w/ a blue bow. Her toothy grin is visible under the graphic that protects her identity.
*Dinah is an 11-year-old girl who has spastic diplegia cerebral palsy (it mostly affects her legs), is non-verbal, and has an eye condition called nystagmus, which affects her vision, though she can see. She uses ‘yes’ and ‘no’ buttons to communicate, or shows caregivers what she wants using other body cues. She is working on other forms of modified communication. She lives at Courage Home, and her foster siblings on this list are *Nolan, *Lily, *Molly, and *Georgie! She attends Anjali School for the Blind on-site in her home. She is eligible for an Older Child Grant through Reece’s Rainbow.
Update 2019: *Honor’s family is coming! You can support them by browsing through my ‘Pending Adoptions’ page in the Adoption Advocacy drop-down menu at the top of my blog.
PD: *Honor wears pink & gold traditional top w/ gold earrings & black headband. Her hair is in 2 pigtails. She is smiling under the graphic that protects her identity, & she has a visible giant dimple on one cheek!
PD: *Sara wears a pink/white floral top. Her shoulder-length hair is pulled back by a clip on 1 side & she wears dangly earrings. You can see a hint of her dimpled smile under the graphic that protects her identity.
*Sara is a 15-year-old girl who is AT RISK OF AGING OUT – February 2020. She has a well-controlled chronic illness for which she takes medication. Her identity is protected, as this illness has a certain stigma attached to it in the region in which she lives. She speaks Telugu (her native language) fluently, and is doing well learning spoken/written English. She attends on-site school with a teacher in her home. She is eligible for an Older Child Grant through Reece’s Rainbow.
*Jeanette is home with her forever family as of February 2019! She has a mom, dad, 2 brothers, and 1 sister, and now lives in Canada!
PD: *Naomi wears a purple & white striped shirt & earrings. Her hair is half-up, half-down, & she has some bangs/fringe across her forehead. She smiles a radiant smile under the graphic that protects her identity.
*Naomi is a 14-year-old girl who has Down Syndrome. She has some heart differences which have been treated and are stable, as well as mild intellectual delays related to DS. She would benefit from regular speech therapy. She is described as a very independent child, and attends to all her own personal needs. She is very outgoing, spunky, and sassy, and loves to choose her own outfits! She lives at Faith Home and attends on-site school with a tutor. She is eligible for an Older Child Grant through Reece’s Rainbow.
PD: *Rebekah wears a white tank top w/ her dark hair in a ponytail & a hint of her smile is visible under the graphic that protects her identity.
*Rebekah is a 12-year-old girl who as Apert Syndrome, which causes hand, foot, and facial differences. She has undergone multiple surgeries in the past to improve her quality of life, and will require more surgeries as she grows, which are best carried out in the US. She lives at Faith Home, attends on-site school, and participates in a vocational program where she learns to make beaded or thread-wrapped bracelets and flower necklaces. She is eligible for an Older Child Grant through Reece’s Rainbow.
PD: *Victoria wears a white lace dress & white bow in her hair, which is dark brown & reaches just below her shoulders. She has a big smile under the graphic that protects her identity.
*Victoria is a 15-year-old girl who is blind. AT RISK OF AGING OUT! She has about 10% vision in one eye and wears glasses when reading large print. She is also learning Braille, but prefers to read. She navigates known areas remarkably well. She is outgoing, rambunctious, and smart! She lives at Joy Home and attends on-site school, has Braille training at a local center, and works with Anjali School for the Blind to practice and learn other skills, academics, and wayfinding alongside foster sister *Stephanie. She is eligible for an Older Child Grant through Reece’s Rainbow.
PD: *Daylan wears a plaid shirt, sitting on the ground. His cute mohawk haircut is visible, & he is smiling a huge, open-mouthed smile under the graphic that protects his identity.
*Daylan is a 12-year-old boy who has ataxic cerebral palsy, and epilepsy for which he takes daily medication. He has been chronically hepatitis B-positive since birth. Learn more about his medical needs using the provided links! *Daylan attends on-site school 5x/week and has a lot of potential – appropriately and spontaneously using modified sign language and communication through vocalizations, facial expressions, and gesturing. He has a pleasant personality, enjoys expressing himself through sounds, and is a social, happy, enthusiastic, intelligent boy who loves to play. He independently rolls, scoots on the floor, and has a customized wheelchair to help him get around. He can walk with support and stand holding a railing for a short time. He lives at Courage Home! He has physiotherapy in his home. He is eligible for an Older Child Grant through Reece’s Rainbow.
PD: *Ginger wears a white dress w/ pink floral print & a bow in her short, curly hair. You can see a hint of her shy smile under the graphic that protects her identity.
*Ginger is a 15-year-old girl who has cerebral palsy and an intellectual delay. AT RISK OF AGING OUT! She is mostly non-verbal, but can say a few words that those who know her can understand. She knows some signs. She lives at Jubilee Home, where she loves to be a helper to the teachers in her on-site class and participate in a vocational program. She is eligible for an Older Child Grant through Reece’s Rainbow.
PD: *Georgie wears an orange, white, & blue plaid collared shirt. His huge smile, as well as the adorable crinkles around his eyes, are visible under the graphic that protects his identity!
*Georgie is a 5-year-old boy who is blind. He is relatively new to SCH, and is progressing at light-speed! At on-site school, Anjali School for the Blind, he is currently learning to play with toys and is actively working on learning some commands in English. He is consistently babbling and walking independently; he is currently training to use a guide cane to navigate. He lives at Courage Home, and his foster siblings on this list are *Nolan, *Lily, *Dinah, and *Molly!
PD: *Esther wears a colourful, patterned top w/ lace at the collar & blue headband. She is smiling brilliantly under the graphic that protects her identity.
*Esther is a 13-year-old girl who has mild cerebral palsy, monoplegia of the left hand, and a developmental and speech delay. She is on medication to control seizures, and is seizure-free. *Esther speaks her native language fluently and understands some English. She would benefit from the support of a speech therapist. She thrives from having adult attention, and asks desperately when her family is coming. She is learning stranger-boundaries, and tends to request hugs from any adult. She is well-liked by her foster siblings. She lives at Joy Home and attends on-site school with a tutor. She is eligible for an Older Child Grant through Reece’s Rainbow.
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 is a 15-year-old boy who has Down Syndrome. URGENT! *ZANE IS AT RISK OF AGING OUT! He is a very studious student who is trilingual. He is independent with all self-care needs and is a sweet kid. He is never aggressive and has good relationships with his foster brothers and the staff. He is socially motivated, and likes to meet new friends. He lives at Victory Home where he is taught by a tutor, and participates in a vocational program, as well. He is eligible for an Older Child Grant through Reece’s Rainbow.
PD: *Julie wears a pink polka dotted shirt & purple eyeglasses. Her hair is in 2 pigtail braids & she smiles widely under the graphic that covers her face.
*Julie is a girl who is estimated to be about 10 years old, though her birth date is listed as 2005. She was born with hydrocephalus, which has been treated. She also wears glasses. She has regular physiotherapy and occupational therapy. She is bilingual and speaks full sentences in Telugu, along with 70+ English words. She is quite the social butterfly, and gets along with everyone so easily. Her hobbies include eating, playing with baby dolls, and reading books. She lives at Anchor Home and attends an on-site school, where she is learning her English alphabet and shapes. Due to her estimated birth date, she is eligible for an Older Child Grant through Reece’s Rainbow.
PD: *Melanie wears a blue patterned top w/ blue headband & bow in her hair, which is in 2 braided pigtails. She grins broadly under the graphic that protects her identity.
*Melanie is a 10-year-old girl who has an intellectual disability and weak gait, though she walks independently. She attends on-site classes with a tutor. She has good receptive language in her native language of Telugu, but is non-verbal. She can imitate some sounds. She loves taking trips to the beach and would be content to play in the water all day. She enjoys being with other people, and is friendly with adults and children. She lives at Faith Home, where she attends on-site school. She is eligible for an Older Child Grant through Reece’s Rainbow.
PD: *Eden wears a pink & orange dress w/ black headband which keeps her cochlear implant processors in place on her head. Her beautiful, short curly hair is half-up & she smiles a crooked, little smile under the graphic that protects her identity.
*Eden is a 4-year-old girl who is deaf-blind (she has bilateral anophthalmia, or absence of eyes, and was diagnosed with bilateral, profound hearing loss upon arriving). *Eden has cochlear implants to allow her to connect with world around her. She is responding to sound and making many new sounds, though not yet saying words. She can sometimes get overwhelmed by the new sounds she is hearing, and when she feels this way, she tries to take her speech processors off. *Eden has some delayed milestones as a result of having no visual or auditory input, as well as institutional neglect at her origin orphanage; she also has some self-stimulating behaviors that can be typical of children who are blind. *Eden attends an on-site preschool every morning, where she is working on walking and using her cane to navigate among other goals. She is improving at walking independently using her guide cane. She also attends Anjali School for the Blind part-time in another foster home in her apartment complex. She loves to splash in water, swing, cuddle, and rock on her red rocking horse. She lives at Anchor Home.
Update 2019: *Olivia’s family is coming! You can support them by browsing through my ‘Pending Adoptions’ page in the Adoption Advocacy drop-down menu at the top of my blog.
PD: *Olivia wears a brown top w/ pink flowers & sparkly silver headband in her long, dark hair. She has her ears pierced. She is smiling under the graphic that protects her identity.
**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.