Update January 2019:
*Izzy’s profile has had an update! LOOK AT HER BEAUTIFUL UPDATED PHOTOS! The following was added to her page in December of 2018:
PD: *Izzy is smiling a huuuuge smile (with a missing tooth!) w/ a heart over her eyes to protect her identity. Her dark brown hair is pulled into 2 spiky pigtails w/ a pink headband, wearing a jean dress w/ colourful embroidery along the collar.
*Izzy is learning and making progress steadily! She is potty trained, making strength gains, and her ability to use her walker is improving. She is able to go up and down stairs by crawling/scooting. Her receptive language is growing, and she now responds to many commands and knows the English words for many household objects. She has learned her body parts and picked up more sign language. She can match colors and do simple puzzles. She knows the names of all the other kids in the house and is beginning to use a program on her iPad to expand her communication (this is likely Proloquo2go, as this program is already in use by multiple children in *Izzy’s foster home). She enjoys coloring, and is beginning to engage in imaginative play with dolls. She loves to dance and has learned the motions to multiple action songs. She anticipates the next activity in her daily routine. Her social nature and love of life continue to be so endearing! *Izzy is so bright and would THRIVE in a family! Videos are available.
PD: *Izzy stands in front of a blank wall, wearing a jean dress & pink leggings in her bare feet. Her hands are resting at her sides & she is smiling, appearing the same way as the photo above.
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: *Izzy! *Izzy is a 7-year-old girl who lives at Courage Home and is waiting for her family to find her.
PD: *Izzy is smiling big for the camera, wearing a blue floral dress with a huge, sparkly blue bow headband in her short, jet-black hair. A graphic covers part of her face to protect her identity.
Medical about *Izzy:
*Izzy has cerebral palsy. She can pull to stand and remain standing with minimal support. She can walk with hand support or a reverse walker. She gets around the house quickly with crawling and scooting.
*Izzy is attending on-site school where she is learning to play. She can already sort 4 colors easily and is ready to move on to more challenging work. She previously had no exposure to English, but now responds to several English commands. She also says several words, such as “hi”, “bye”, and “more”, and has picked up on several ASL signs since coming to her current home. She communicates extremely well with vocalizations and gestures and is perceptive to body language and other social cues in communication. She would be an incredible gift to any family and has a huge capacity to learn and grow in a family environment!
*Izzy transferred to her current home in June 2018, and has already made remarkable progress. *Izzy is a beautiful wonder! She is incredibly bright, social, and affectionate. She has mesmerizing, deep brown eyes and a rolling laugh that makes hearts swell. She is smart and kind, snuggly and warm. Bright and vivacious, this girl is constantly effervescing joy, and always greeting each new day with excitement, bravery, and strength. Since coming to SCH, *Izzy has grown so much more comfortable and confident in her new home. She is gaining independence with things such as self-feeding and brushing her teeth. She is currently being potty-trained and indicates when she has to use the toilet. She loves playing games such as hot potato, duck duck goose, and catch. She has an infectious laugh and smile and brings a special energy and joy wherever she goes. She often seeks out trusted caregivers and requests hugs and kisses. She will turn her face from side to side to ensure she gets kisses on both cheeks.
A specific adoption agency has offered a grant of $5,000 to an eligible family for adoption expenses!
*Izzy needs $130/month more to be fully sponsored. Sign up to sponsor her here!
You can read more of what I’ve written about *Izzy 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.