Update March 2020:
Unfortunately, Blossom aged out before a family could be found for her 😦
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 a few 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 featured ‘Find Me Friday’ kid is: Blossom! Let’s find her family! She was born in October 2003, 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 single moms!
I am eligible for a $15,000 Older Child Grant! For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
PD: A black silhouette stylized image of a girl facing left; photos of Blossom are not sharable publicly to protect her privacy.
Blossom’s Medical History
Blossom has been diagnosed with the following: Down syndrome; a developmental delay; a speech and language delay; a behavior/attention disorder; hypothyroidism; bronchial asthma; and astigmatism and hypermetropia. She needs to wear glasses for distance.
Please, do not pass Blossom’s diagnoses off as impossible to manage! Every child deserves a loving, understanding home which cares for the whole child. You never know what changes you may see once a little comes home to their family! I have heard of diagnoses being completely unwarranted, wrong, or over-exaggerated, when they are actually manageable if they even exist. Many kids bloom in families and are completely different children once they are in a home where they know they are loved and accepted. Either way, Blossom’s medical needs do not make her any less of a person and she deserves to be provided all the necessary supports she may need to thrive by a loving family who can commit to taking care of her for the rest of her life.
Blossom attends 6th grade at a specialized boarding school for children with significant delays. She likes music and dancing very much, has learned to ride a bike, attends music lessons with pleasure, takes domestic science activities, and participates in sports.
Her learning skills are encumbered due to her communication and intellectual disorders. She has a language delay, and partly comprehends the speech of the people around her; she comprehends opening statements, but her understanding of statements is very limited. She has a small active vocabulary. In communication, she often uses particular sounds, strings of sounds, and simple gestures, and also understands some pictograms. Her passive vocabulary is wider – it contains most-commonly used words, phrases and persons’ names in everyday situations. She needs regular assistance in the learning process, encouragement, bright visuals, and direct cooperation with a teacher. She has started to construct simple, short sentences, but they are very unintelligible.
Her attention is more persistent if someone is working with her individually. She can accomplish simple actions individually – taking, putting back, and giving objects; observing pictures and pointing to some objects in those pictures; coloring over lines. She actively takes part in motion games and sports activities, as well as sings and dances in music lessons. In literature class, she tries to tell stories independently, listens to the reading material, and comprehends it partly. Blossom likes to participate in all measures. She has a leader position in her class, but behavior problems are observed; she may fight and yell.
Other Info About Blossom
Blossom has resided in an out-of-family care institution since birth in October 2003 — her mother placed her in a social-care center, as she couldn’t provide care and therapy. Her mother visited regularly, and took her home for short visits and out for walks. Unfortunately, her mother died in early 2016. Blossom has an older half-sister who visits, but is unable to care for her, so has not taken guardianship.
Blossom has greyish-blue eyes and light grey hair. She is communicative, friendly, and active, and always wants to take a part in all activities. She dresses herself and has self-care skills. She has active speech disorders and difficulty concentrating on one exercise for a long time, as she gets bored quickly. In her free time, she enjoys playing with dolls and turning the pages of a magazine. She commands other children and may sometimes hurt them. She is emotionally unstable, often reacts with anger, resents quickly, and a tendency to run away has been observed. At the same time, she is kind-hearted, polite, and responsive. She needs constant surveillance and care around the clock.