Updated February 2020:
*Tricia is a happy girl with lots of energy. She speaks her native language and English in simple sentences. She has classes every morning that include learning the alphabet, colors, and simple words and their meanings. She has a difficult time concentrating for long periods of time, so she has breaks where she listens to her favorite songs and dances around the house. *Tricia loves listening to music, painting, and picking out her prettiest outfits for the day. You can find her most days jumping on the trampoline, spending time with her best friend, and/or drawing on any piece of paper she can find. *Tricia thrives on individual attention, and craves the love of being called daughter and having her very own family.
PD: *Tricia stands on the balcony of her home w/ her arms raised triumphantly, probably dancing! She wears a red kurta top & has her hair pulled up in a ponytail. She is smiling, which you can see peeking out from under the graphic that covers 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.
PD: *Tricia wears a sequined top w/ headband in her dark, pretty shoulder-length hair. You can see a sweet, shy smile under the graphic that protects her identity by covering her face.
*Tricia’s Medical History
*Tricia has a seizure disorder for which she is on medication; she is now seizure-free. She also has intellectual delay.
She can speak in short sentences in her native language of Telugu, and uses some words in English. Her speech is somewhat slurred, and she has difficulty with social skills, attending to tasks, and conversation. She may benefit from speech therapy.
*Tricia works with on-site tutors in her home. She struggles with writing her alphabet, and therefore does not enjoy it very much. She has a sweet voice and likes to show her work. *Tricia is interested in photography!
Other Information About *Tricia
*Tricia is a sweet, happy girl who loves dancing, music, and jumping on the trampoline. She has been thriving in her foster home since arriving from the government orphanage. She is described as beautiful, smart, adaptable, and affectionate. She loves to be with caregivers and other girls in her home, and is very friendly with new people. She is interested in fashion and looking her cutest, usually wearing a pretty dress with a flower in her hair. She has lots of energy to run around and jump up for a hug. She loves snuggles as well as taking pictures and video of herself doing silly things. *Tricia is full of personality and has been thriving in her foster home. She is motivated by adult attention and is learning boundaries with adults she doesn’t know well. She desperately asks for a family.
I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grand funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds. For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant
Until *Tricia’s family finds her, she needs sponsors! She currently needs just $160/month in additional funds to be completely sponsored! Sponsor here.
You can read more of what I’ve written about *Tricia 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.