Update June 2019:
*Ainsley has been adopted!
Update January 2019:
*Ainsley’s Reece’s Rainbow profile has a brand-new update from December 2018! The update reads as follows:
PD: *Ainsley smiles timidly w/ a graphic covering part of her face to protect her identity. Half of her curly, dark-brown hair is pulled up into a high pony w/ tan bow & she wears a blue square-neck top.
*Ainsley received serial casts to gradually shift her ankles from their previous fixed position flexed with toes pointed down, to a more neutral position. The treatment was successful, and *Ainsley can now put both feet flat on the floor when standing. She has started wearing orthotics to help maintain the current position. She is now working on balancing whilst standing and walking and can walk holding an adult’s hand or pushing a small chair or push toy. She is able to go up and down stairs independently by crawling/scooting. *Ainsley’s ability to sustain attention on a task and engage in a structured activity has greatly improved in the past months. She now knows the motions to several action songs and her language skills are growing. Some of her new words include: “yes”, “no”, “water”, “book”, “ball”, “uh-oh”, and “finished”. She loves to be cuddled and seeks attention and interaction with adults and kids in her environment. Videos are available!
PD: *Ainsley stands at a blank wall w/ her hands up for balance & a sweet smile. She is dressed in the same outfit as the previous photo, w/ black ruffle shorts, silver sneakers, & her AFOs. She has a tan bow in her half-up, short dark-brown hair.
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: *Ainsley! *Ainsley is a 4-year-old girl who lives at Courage Home and is waiting for her family to find her. She is available to be adopted by single moms!
A specific adoption agency has offered a grant of $5,000, to an eligible family for adoption expenses!
PD: *Ainsley smiles for the camera, wearing a floral dress w/ pink bow headband in her short, jet-black hair. A graphic covers part of her face to protect her identity.
Medical about *Ainsley
*Ainsley is listed as having cerebral palsy, but despite contractures (limited motion) in both ankles, none of her other muscles/joints seem to be affected. She has good motor control and strength. She is motivated to stand and walk. She pulls to stand and tries to stand in the middle of the floor throughout the day. Currently, her ankle contractures make it difficult for her to balance on her feet and stand independently. However, she is undergoing a series of castings to help move her feet from hyperextended (ballerina position) to neutral position, and she is expected to be an independent walker after treatment!
Since *Ainsley has just recently arrived at SCH, her school mainly consists of learning how to be a kid! She is doing lots of activities and games with her foster family during this transition period and is loving being involved in class activities at her on-site school – especially parachute time! She loves playing musical instruments, and will seek them out to play with; she also likes playing catch, and has quite a good arm for a small girl.
She previously had no exposure to English, but now responds to several English commands. In the weeks since her arrival at SCH, she has become increasingly vocal, babbling a few words and echoing common phrases in Telugu. She also says several words in English, such as “hi”, “bye”, and her name. She has picked up on several ASL signs which are used in the home. She is very bright and perceptive. She has great potential to learn and would thrive in a family.
*Ainsley transferred to her current home in June 2018 and has already made remarkable progress. She can crawl and scoot very quickly around the home, as well as pull to a stand and stand for a couple of moments independently. She has an incredibly-expressive face and loves making silly expressions (such as repeatedly raising her eyebrows) to make others laugh. You can’t help but fall into laughter each time she wiggles her eyebrows before leaning her cheek in for a quick kiss. Or each time she waves goodbye when her toothbrush is brought to her – an activity that would not accurately be described as her favorite! She is a nut, a goofball, a perfect little sweetheart with perfect joy and laughter. She loves engaging in playful connection games with trusted caregivers and will seek out preferred caregivers for affection.
You can read more of what I’ve written about *Ainsley 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.