Update February 2020:
*Connor has an updated photo this month (below!). I also edited the post for his age.
PD: *Connor sits supported in a green patterned beanbag chair, wearing a blue & white button-down shirt w/ khaki shorts at a recent birthday party! He has a big grin & a star covers his eyes to protect his 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.
*Connor has a donation grant of over $2,000, available to his adoptive family! Help grow his FSP by supporting him on his RR page (linked to his name above!).
PD: *Connor wears a bright yellow shirt & blue bandanna w/ white stars. He sits in his wheelchair, a smile visible on his face under the graphic covering his face to protect his identity.
*Connor’s Medical History
*Connor has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and a developmental delay. He has some spasticity and some hypotonicity. Due to dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) and reflux (GERD), he underwent surgery for a g-tube placement and fundoplication.
*Connor attends a special education preschool on-site five days a week, and enjoys music and colorful toys. During class time, he works on sorting objects by color and enjoys playing in shaving cream. He will reach out to make a selection between 2 objects. He can use an adaptive switch to operate a toy. He understands what is said to him, responds ‘yes’ and ‘no’ by nods of his head, and laughs at jokes. He loves to laugh and can be found cracking up at many of the songs during circle time. *Connor is building his strength with physiotherapy regularly, and is currently working on sitting independently and bearing weight or standing with support during his sessions! What a brave, strong guy.
Give to *Connor’s school and toward his teachers’ and physiotherapists’ salaries here!
Other Information About *Connor
*Connor arrived at SCH in 2014. He is described as a little charmer who is a very sweet, lovable boy! He loves to be held and carried, and to gaze into a caregiver’s eyes. He is capable of strong bonding with a trusted caregiver, and is calm and quiet in demeanor. He shows signs of strong preference to being with adults he has a good relationship with, versus new people or visitors. This is a positive marker in his relationship development and demonstrates good attachment! This little guy has strong opinions and loves making them known. When *Connor sees a person he wants, he kicks his legs and waves his arms until he’s given the attention! *Connor loves ‘The Chicken Dance’ and ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes’ to be sung throughout the day.
He needs just $40/month more in additional sponsorship funds to be fully sponsored! Sign up to sponsor him here.
You can read more of what I’ve written about *Connor 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 governmental 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.