Update March 2020:
*Melanie is working on a number of daily living skills. She is eating independently, able to wash her hands with verbal prompts, and working on other skills, such as getting dressed independently. She is able to identify colors, as well. *Melanie is currently working toward the following goals: saying her name, drawing shapes, and increasing her sounds and words.
PD: *Melanie stands in front of a green wall, wearing a white top w/ red & orange trim & a large, repeating orange lotus pattern on the front. Her black hair is in 2 braided pigtails parted down the center, w/ long tails left loose. She has a playful smile visible under the graphic covering part of her face 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: *Melanie!
*Melanie is an 11-year-old girl who lives at Faith 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: *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 by covering her face.
*Melanie’s medical History
*Melanie has an intellectual disability. She walks independently (her gait is a bit weak). She can go up and down stairs by herself, holding the railing. You can often find her walking up and down the stairs in her home!
*Melanie 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 enjoys playing with musical toys, toys that stack, toys with small parts that fit inside, trying to trace letters with chalk, and throwing and trying to catch balls
Other information About *Melanie
*Melanie is described as a social, interactive, beautiful, engaging, lovable child with a sense of humor who loves to laugh. She eats independently, and reportedly prefers soft, solid foods (her favorite is eggs!). She is able to concentrate on one toy for a sustained period of time. *Melanie follows directions well. 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 is a happy little girl who laughs at the littlest things. Since *Melanie is able to walk with little assistance, she is always going around to explore.
*Melanie needs $165/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 *Melanie 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 $500 per child, depending on complexity of needs and in which city they live (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.