Update July 2019: *Abe is at home with his family!
Happy New Year, and welcome to the first Find Me Friday of 2019! And what a blessing to have more SCH kids to feature in this wondrous year!
If you’re not familiar, in this series, each Friday I will to share a different child with you who is available for adoption. These children may or may not live at Sarah’s Covenant Homes (SCH), India. When there are new children listed on Reece’s Rainbow, I will share them, and when there aren’t, I’ll share other children from the site!
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: *Abraham (Abe)! *Abe is a 3-year-old boy who lives at Anchor Home and is waiting for his family to find him. How handsome is this guy?!
PD: *Abe stands on a balcony smiling big! He’s wearing a blue/white checkered button-down & a blue cabbie hat. Tufts of curly, dark brown hair peek out from under his cap.
Medical about *Abe
*Abe has been diagnosed with a heart condition called a VSD, measuring 2mm, which is closing on its own and no surgical intervention is required at this time. He has an underdeveloped optic nerve in his left eye which affects his vision minorly and largely does not affect his day-to-day life, although his depth perception is slightly off. He also has a sensitive medical need and has a history of recurrent respiratory infections. He has some sensory needs and can be both sensory seeking and sensory resistant depending on the situation.
*Abe attends an on-site preschool and enjoys going to circle time every morning. He can do the motions to, and sing along with, simple preschool songs such as “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”, “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep”, and his ABCs. He can count to 15 and identify his body parts. *Abe works 1:1 with his teacher on learning colours, shapes, and counting.
*Abe has been walking since June 2017 and is very active. He runs, dances, jumps with 2 feet off the ground, and can go up and down stairs. He has a large vocabulary in both English and his native language of Telugu, but sometimes is echolalic (repetitive of others’ words or sounds) in speech, although this has decreased significantly towards the end of 2018. He loves to follow a routine and enjoys school a lot! He will even request school time on Saturdays. What a smartie!
Other information About *Abe
*Abe was born in March 2015. He was just listed this December!
*Abe came to his current foster home after living in a baby home that could not meet his health needs. When he arrived, he was said to require heart surgery, but after meeting with surgeons it was determined the hole in his heart was closing on its own and he wouldn’t need surgery. *Abe is a happy guy who loves to be held and sung to. Everyone who meets him falls in love with his goofy smile and happy demeanor.
*Abe is a very active and joyful child. He is very attached to his primary caregiver and gets along with the other kids in his home. He has a love for the guitar. He even holds it properly and loves to sing songs while strumming. *Abe understands what is being asked of him and can answer simple questions properly. *Abe is a silly boy full of laughter and personality. He loves to laugh and make other people laugh with his antics.
**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.