Update August 2019:
*Olivia’s adoption is complete and she is home with her forever family!
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 Find Me Friday, part II featured child is: *Olivia! *Olivia is an 11-year-old girl who lives at SCH and is waiting for her family to find her.
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 by covering her face.
*Olivia’s Medical History
*Olivia has a manageable chronic illness for which she takes twice-daily medication. The illness is virtually undetectable as of January 2017. More information is available on her Reece’s Rainbow profile.
*Olivia was previously enrolled in a private, English-speaking school, and in the 2017-2018 school year was in grade 1. She is a little behind due to a late start at school, which began when she came to her new institution which is comprised of multiple foster homes. She now has a lot more resources. She knows all her uppercase and lowercase letters, can count to 200, and can spell 1 to 20. She can read short, easy sentences by sounding out each word, and can spell some words up to 5 letters long. Her school recently kicked out nearly all the kids from her foster home for various reasons, so the girls are now being tutored in-home by a local teacher due to this discrimination.
Other Information About *Olivia
*Olivia is endearing, imaginative, creative, silly, likes to make people laugh, and is full of contagious joy. She is an entertainer, and will have you laughing at whatever quirky thing she has to show you. She likes painting, coloring, jumping on the trampoline, and baby dolls. she is always willing to participate in impromptu singing and dancing performances with the other girls in her home. Her favorite color is red, and she enjoys the occasional sweet treat for a snack. She can easily jump into play with the other girls in her home, and likes to be center of attention. She is always excited to spin, jump, and climb, but also enjoys watching movies and being read to. *Olivia has the most beautiful smile.
*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.