Update January 2020:
Scout’s family is coming and she will have two brothers being adopted at the same time, Kaysen and Preston! Support the Richardsons’ adoption here!
Update May 2019:
Unfortunately, Wendy still waits…
In this series, each Friday, I want to share a different child with you who is available for adoption and listed through the adoption advocacy website Reece’s Rainbow. All the kids who are listed on RR from Sarah’s Covenant Homes, India, the focus of my previous posts, have been posted about, so now I am focusing on 1 or 2 kids or a sibling group listed on the site each Friday going forward. When more SCH kids are listed, I’ll continue to feature them!
Please note that the names used on RR are usually not the childrens’ real names, and their real names will only be shared with seriously interested families in order to protect their identity.
Today’s first featured ‘Find Me Friday’ kid is: Wendy! Let’s find her family! Wendy was born in June 2006, lives in an Eastern European country, and is waiting for her family to find her. She is eligible to be adopted by large families! She’s been waiting a long time – over 8 years! She only has until she turns 16 to be adopted. She is 12 now.
I am eligible for an Older Child Grant! Grant funding is dependent on a completed application and available funds. For more information, visit: Other Angels Older Child Grant
PD: Wendy sits in a chair, twisting her hands together. She wears a pink dress & pink tights w/ a white turtleneck underneath.
Medical About Wendy
Wendy was born quite premature (not sure which gestational week, but it is listed as “4th stage”). She has cerebral palsy and is completely blind due to microphthalmia (small eyes) complicated by congenital cataracts and optic sub-atrophy. She has also been diagnosed with microcephaly and delayed psychomotor development due to perinatal CNS lesions.
Wendy is NOT the sum of her list of disabilities. She is a living, breathing child who desperately needs a family to offer the interventions and supports she will need to thrive. She has spend so long in institutional care, there is no way to know her abilities and what she will go on to do with her life if her family comes for her. She is worthy of that, and so much more. She will need some interventions when she comes home, as there is no way to know what her condition is medically.
Don’t assume if a child looks healthy in their profile photos and it says they’ve been transferred to an institution, they still look the way they did in their baby house. It is likely they have regressed since photos have been shared. It is rare for many institutions to update profile photos of waiting children.
More Info About Wendy
There is not much information shared about Wendy outside of biographical and medical information. She is a beautiful girl with sandy blonde hair and blue eyes. Would any family take a leap of blind faith to save her? She will remain bedridden the rest of her short life, if not. A potential adoptive family needs to be prepared for the effects of years of institutionalization.
Today’s second featured ‘Find Me Friday’ kid is: Scout! Let’s find her family! Scout was born in 2009, lives in an Eastern European country, and is waiting for her family to find her. She is eligible to be adopted by large families and older parents!
PD: Scout sits in a chair w/ her head tilted down. She wears a pink sweater, black pants, & slippers on her feet.
All About Scout
Scout is living in an adult mental institution. It appears that Scout could stand with support prior to being moved to the institution, but she may no longer have this skill due to neglect that comes with adult mental institutions like the one where she lives (update: Scout is walking with assistance). She is blind, and hidden in her own dark world behind the walls of this place. She has also been diagnosed with a disorder of the central nervous system (CNS), severe developmental delays, and congenital aphakia (she is missing the lenses in her eyes). She has a degenerative condition of the brain, cardiomopathy, metatarsus varus (a foot disorder), an umbilical hernia, and mild protein-energy malnutrition. She needs urgent medical attention outside her home country.
Please, do not look at her ‘laundry list’ of needs and decide she isn’t worth adopting. She is most-certainly worthy! PLEASE help find her family! Miracles can happen when a child is adopted; they can bloom and thrive in the love of a family who does all they can to support their child’s needs and/or disabilities.
My Family Found Me
Today’s third featured ‘Find Me Friday’ kid is: Posey! Let’s find her family! Posey was born in November 2008 and lives in an Eastern European country. She was listed since 2013.
PD: Posey lays in a stroller meant for older children & adults w/ disabilities, covered in a colourful blanket. She wears a white t-shirt & has a huge smile on her upturned face.
All About Posey
This sweet girl needs a family to help her bloom! It has been at least a year since Posey was transferred to the older child institution. She has sandy blonde hair and blue eyes. Posey is blind and has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, double hemiplegia with severe movement disorders, symptomatic epilepsy (frontal lobe, focal) with partial seizures with secondary generalization, significant developmental delays, and optic nerve atrophy.
From a family who met her in late 2016:
Posey is a tiny, dainty little girl. She sometimes seems a bit cautious of her surroundings due to her vision impairment. Orphanages can be scary places. Posey is in the bedridden wing of her institution. She was out in the open in a group of a few of the healthiest-looking children. Sometimes, when there are visitors to the orphanage, this group is taken out of their beds and cribs. They are placed in wheelchairs in front of a TV in a main room. Since Posey was in this group, I am REALLY hoping it will mean she is getting some extra food and attention.
My husband had a great time playing with her. She smiled and interacted with him. She seems to be completely blind, but she does turn her head to follow the sound of your voice. She held onto his fingers with her hands. I don’t know how much she can move in general because she is always laying down or rarely out in a chair like that. She would benefit SO much from therapy and medication to keep her muscles loose. He said she is absolutely beautiful, but we already knew that.