Update February 2020:
*Zack has a donation grant of over $2,000 to help cover the cost of his family’s adoption!
*Zack continues to grow healthy and strong! Ever smiley, *Zack is the social butterfly of his home. He adores when visitors come over, and loves making new friends. When going on walks in the neighborhood, *Zack will call people as he passes by with a friendly “hello” and huge grin. *Zack’s caregiver and teachers often call him a “handsome hero.” He cannot get enough of it! Due to this fact, he has begun brushing his hair to the side with his fingers and smiling up at people until they tell him how handsome he is. It is endearing. *Zack is truly the sweetest boy. Anytime anyone is sick or seems sad, he will ask to sit with them and attempts to cheer them up or offers prayer. He deeply desires to see all his friends happy at all times.
In classes, *Zack is currently learning shapes, days of the week, numbers 1-10, and the first 5 letters of the English alphabet. In playtime, he often requests blocks in order to build towers. Once they are completed, he will call his caregiver in order to proudly show off his creation. When he is not building blocks, he loves coloring, making crafts, and playing with toy cars. His new favorite sensory play is with shaving cream. At Christmas, the staff in his home filled a plastic swimming pool with shaving cream so the children in his home could play with “snow.” Ever since, he has begun asking for shaving cream daily in his sensory class.
Recently, *Zack was gifted a new wheelchair that allows him to more easily reach the wheels. He has begun learning how to push himself in his chair. He is thrilled! While he is still in the early stages of learning this skill, he is already showing amazing progress! Obtaining this skill will be huge in *Zack’s independence! He loves practicing, and will often request to be taken on walks. *Zack often asks about his future family, and is eager for the day he is able to meet his mom and dad!
PD: Zack sits on a blanket outdoors, cheesing big for the camera! He wears a blue, orange, white, & green-striped button down shirt & gray pants. His hands rest on the mat on either side of him. There is a graphic covering part of his face to protect his identity.
Update July 2019:
*Zack is the naughtiest and happiest boy in his home! He learned all his colours, and is now learning his animals. He wants to be more independent! He can scoot backwards to get around by himself. He can make requests in both English and his local language, and can translate English words to his local language for his caregiver! *Zack loves his caregiver Ammama so much. He always scoots over to be near her, and wants to be a part of what she is doing. One day, he kept asking Ammama for a new shirt, so when she went on her monthly leave, she brought him back a new blue shirt.
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: *Zack! *Zack is a 6-year-old boy who lives at Anchor Home and is waiting for his family to find him.
*Zack has a donation grant of over $1,000, available to his adoptive family!
PD: *Zack wears a blue & white traditional Indian top. He smiles under the graphic that protects his identity by covering face.
*Zack’s Medical History
*Zack has spina bifida and shunted hydrocephalus. He uses a zipzac wheelchair to get around, as his spina bifida causes him to have partial paralysis. He can sit independently for 25 minutes while using both hands to do activities.
*Zack attends on-site preschool, where he is working on having more tummy time and learning to speak. He has a vocabulary of about 10 words at this time and babbles! In pre-school, he is working on reaching for toys and bringing them to himself. He is able to do this with the plastic linking chain; he is also able to pick up the chain and place it in an empty bucket with little assistance. He can sort colours. He smiles when praised for completing task and kicks his legs with excitement during circle time. He independently does the motions to songs like “Twinkle, Twinkle” and “Wheels on the Bus”, and he prefers them to be sung as much as possible!
Support *Zack’s school, Little Lights Special School, here!
Other Info About *Zack
*Zack has the cutest smile you will ever see, and loves to be held and kissed on his cheeks. When *Zack is greeted, he will slowly raise his hand to wave appropriately and independently. He is your typical boy and doesn’t cry much unless he is hungry. He is extremely well-behaved and is quick to steal the hearts of those he meets. *Zack feeds himself.
*Zack is fully sponsored, so does not need any additional funds at this time!
You can read more of what I’ve written about *Zack 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.