Update February 2020:
*Kristy’s RR profile was overhauled this month! Read on to learn more!
PD: *Kristy stands on the balcony of her home, wearing a blue jean dress w/ ruffles & buttons down the front placket. She is looking off to one side w/ 1 thumb in her mouth & her other hand behind her head. She wears her black hair in a braid & her tongue is poking out. She has a star over her eyes to protect her identity.
*Kristy is such a precious girl! She loves when she is with people she knows care for her. *Kristy eagerly seeks out physical touch from teachers and caregivers. She crawls up to them and slowly stretches out her body until she is fully in their lap, then hugs them tightly – it is very endearing. *Kristy is very friendly and enjoys having visitors in her home. While *Kristy loves to cuddle with her friends, she tends to prefer independent play. She loves to crawl in the play tunnel she received for Christmas, play with musical instruments, swing, jump on the trampoline, and play with balls.
*Kristy rarely wears her hearing aids, as she does not tolerate them due to her sensory aversion. In classes, *Kristy’s teachers are beginning to teach basic sign language; currently, they are working specifically on “more”, “finished”, “yes”, and “no.”
*Kristy would make a valuable addition to a family as she has so much love and affection to share with others.
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: *Kristy! *Kristy is a 7-year-old girl who lives at Anchor Home and is waiting for her family to find her.
PD: *Kristy stands in a balcony corner w/ greenery behind her on 1 side & a wall on the other, hanging onto the rails, smiling broadly. She wears a pale pink party dress w/ big flowers, a pale green sash, & matching pale pink bow in her half-up, curly, dark-brown hair.
*Kristy’s Medical History
*Kristy has been diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy (spasticity/tightness which affects all 4 limbs). *Kristy is D/deaf (moderate hearing loss) and wears hearing aids. *Kristy has some sensory issues, which means she has difficulty keeping her hearing aids on for an extended period of time. Her teachers and caregivers work with her on keeping them on and helping her engage in fun activities. She also receives physiotherapy 5x/week.
*Kristy attends an on-site special school where she participates in circle time, sensory play, and individualized instruction. *Kristy loves playing with scarves and waving them in the air to music. She also loves water play with the other kids in the house and laughs hysterically when splashing in the water.
Other information About *Kristy
*Kristy is a cheerful and lovable little girl who loves to laugh and smile! She has a deep connection to her caregiver, and her face lights up with joy when her caregiver is around. *Kristy enjoys snuggling and working on walking, using either her walker or a set of parallel bars with her teacher. It is expected that one day she will become independent with walking using the support of her walker. *Kristy would make a valuable addition to a family as she has so much love and affection to share with others! Video is available.
*Kristy is fully sponsored at this time, so does not need any additional funds!
You can read more of what I’ve written about *Kristy 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 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.