Find Me Friday: Kathleen!

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PD: RR’s logo states ‘Reece’s Rainbow’ across center, w/ signature 3 diagonal brush strokes in blue, pink, & green. Above & below in a circle are the words ‘Special needs adoption support’.

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: Kathleen! Let’s find her family! She was born in 2004, 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! She’s been listed since October 2015.

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: Kathleen sits on a bench holding a stuffed animal, wearing a white t-shirt w/ floral design & bucket hat. She has pretty blonde hair cropped short & I think her eyes are blue!
Kathleen in 2015, from an update. Credit: RR

PD: Kathleen sits on a bench holding a stuffed animal, wearing a white t-shirt w/ floral design & bucket hat. She has pretty blonde hair cropped short & I think her eyes are blue!

Kathleen’s Medical History

Kathleen has an unrepaired cleft palate and is said to have some developmental delays. She will most likely benefit from surgery to repair her cleft palate.

In 2015, the following was stated regarding her medical history:

Kathleen was evaluated by a doctor who said she is moderately mentally disabled. There is a high likelihood she has some form of a congenital syndrome she was born with. She has an unrepaired cleft palate, mitral valve prolapse (a heart condition), as well as some abnormality of her elbow joints [author note: could be arthrogryposis or joint hypermobility, but these are just a guesses]. She is also very thin, and it’s unclear if this is related to her syndrome, since the other girls at her facility were not underweight. We observed her eating several times; her palate doesn’t seem to slow her down, but she does have to clear her nose frequently because there is no barrier between her mouth and nasal cavity. It was originally thought her speech delay was due to the palate, but the doctor says this is not likely since she is not just delayed in speech, but rather completely nonverbal. He believes she will remain nonverbal, but then again, there is no speech therapy offered where she is, so we doubt that!

Kathleen is a beautiful girl who is not able to reach her God-given potential where she currently is. The doctor was not hopeful she would “ever progress,” but we know that with the love/dedication of a family, and medical care/therapy that she needs, that she can prove him wrong!

Other Information About Kathleen

Kathleen is described as broadminded and cheerful.

Update September 2015:

Kathleen was moved into an all-girls’ facility in 2012. The staff says she has adapted well to the routine and has a group of friends. However, there is no opportunity for education or therapy where she currently is. The staff say their goals are focused physical activity and teaching the girls self-care rather than on education. The facility is in a very rural village, and there is no school nearby.

Kathleen understands and is able to follow basic instructions, and is able to perform self care with supervision (self feeds, toilets, dresses independently, etc.). We were able to get her to play briefly, kicking around a ball, and she liked to watch us color. We were unable to get her to use the crayons herself to examine her fine motor skills. She likes to take pictures but refuses to look at the pictures on the phone! She seemed averse to iPhones, iPads, etc. when we tried to show her pictures and videos. She would hold our hands and lead us where she wanted to go, and enjoys skipping! The staff have a nickname for her that basically means “energizer,” because she is always active and on-the-go!

From someone who met Kathleen in 2012:

Kathleen is a happy little girl who would love to be able to communicate, but cannot because of an unrepaired cleft palate. She makes noises to communicate to the best of her ability. She is a very sweet little girl, and loves to play outside. Many missionaries who have met her loved her and spoke highly of her!

From someone who met her in 2010: 

Kathleen is a very loving and social little girl who loves getting attention from adults. Whenever I was in her group, she was always right beside me, participating in whatever I was doing and engaging me in her own favorite activities. Kathleen has kept that silly playfulness most institutionalized children seem to lose. She was definitely a little mischievous, getting into everything, but was also very quick to follow directions and obviously eager to please. I truly believe she would thrive in a family where she was showered with all the attention she deserves and allowed to simply be the fun-loving, silly little girl God created her to be.

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