Update February 2020:
PD: In a recently-updated photo, *Penny sits in front of a teal & white paisley wall w/ her dark brown hair pulled back & a goofy smile w/ her tongue poking out. She also has a star over her eyes to protect her identity. She wears a multi-coloured top w/ gold circles in doily shapes at the neckline.
*Penny can take steps with assistance and uses a gait trainer to walk around. *Penny is a big fan of sensory play! She will sit beside a tub of water and swirl the water round and round. *Penny also enjoys finding objects hidden in sensory containers. She slowly drags her hands through the container, finding the objects hidden beneath the surface.
*Penny is a friendly child who loves people so much! When someone walks into the room and approaches her, she gets so excited. *Penny will flap her arms and grin from ear to ear, giggling the whole time. *Penny loves being held and squeezed tightly. She also enjoys having her face cupped between her or someone else’s hands. *Penny finds a lot of amusement in holding people’s hands and guiding them over a light source to create shadows, which she intently watches as they bend and flow. Sweet *Penny loves deeply and it is very easy to love her right back.
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: *Penny wears a blue & white striped top, 2 pigtails in her hair w/ a yellow bow in 1 side, & blue-framed glasses! She smiles sweetly under the graphic covering her face to protect her identity.
*Penny’s Medical History
*Penny appears to have a genetic syndrome – possibly Rubinstein-Taybi – but further genetic testing is required to confirm. She has been diagnosed with some developmental delays. It was also discovered in January 2016 that she is profoundly D/deaf. She has some strabismus and wears the cutest glasses! *Penny’s joints hyperextend, and she wears leg braces when she bears weight to help combat this.
*Penny attends an on-site school, where she is working on using picture cards to communicate and completing fine motor tasks. She receives physiotherapy 3-4 times a week, and is currently pulling up into a tall kneel for several minutes at a time. With her leg braces on, she is currently standing for up to 30 minutes at a time, at least twice a day. When she bears weight, she will attempt to take steps, and would benefit from a gait trainer.
Other Information About *Penny
*Penny is a very joyful child who is known for her laughter and constant smile. *Penny learned to crawl in October 2017, and crawls all around the house. *Penny self-feeds snacks and rice at meals, and is drinking from a sippy cup or an open cup. She enjoys being around other children and adults, and is bonded to her primary caregiver. *Penny is an easygoing child who is loved by everyone who meets her! It doesn’t take much to make this sweet girl smile from ear to ear. She loves being held and feeling anything with an interesting texture. Her sweet personality has caused everyone in her foster home to be completely smitten with her.
Until her family finds her, *Penny needs just $75/month in additional sponsorship funds to be fully sponsored! Sign up to sponsor her here.
You can read more of what I’ve written about *Penny in the past 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.