Update March 2020:
Stella is home with her forever family!
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: Stella! Let’s find her family! She was born in 2010, 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 has a large grant of over $7,000 to help cover the cost of her adoption, and is also eligible for an additional $5,000 Grant! Through June 2019, children with Down syndrome ages 6-9 are eligible for a $5,000 Older Child Grant!
You can watch a video of her here!
PD 1: In the first photo, which appears to be older, Stella sits on a bright orange therapy ball w/ a caregiver, wearing a jean overall dress, white tights, & a white long-sleeved shirt. Her blonde hair is cropped short.
PD 2: In the second photo, which looks to be from a recent update, she is sitting in a chair wearing a pink long-sleeved shirt w/ her blonde hair pulled back into a ponytail. She is making contact eye w/ the camera, smiling.
Stella’s Medical History
Stella was born with Down Syndrome and may be developmentally delayed. As of February 2019, she was eating via NG tube (nasogastric tube), and recently began re-learning to eat by mouth, making apparent progress. Stella may have some vision and hearing differences, but as described by a recent visitor, but this is unconfirmed and could also be related to autism or the fact that she has some strabismus (eyes that cross). It is noted that she has low muscle tone, which can be common in children with DS. She would greatly benefit from multiple therapies: PT, OT, speech, feeding; as well as the love and care of a permanent family! See below for more information.
Other Information About Stella
From a family who met her in February 2019:
I think she is developmentally delayed and seems to be somewhat lost in her own world. She does smile when tickled, held my hands to play a game rowing back and forth, and she giggled when I clapped her hands. She is sweet, doesn’t cry often. She doesn’t like change or new places, but is content to be in her own area and hang out. She likes other kids to be around. She does not seem to hear or see very well. She does hear somewhat because she makes noises when it is silent, but doesn’t respond much to silly noises or her name. She reached for her nanny when I was holding her. She sits, stands, and when walks while holding hands. She is adorable and sweet and so deserving of a family. I do very much believe she will progress with a family willing to give her the help she needs. She has some autistic tendencies like repetitive movements of her hands. Personally, I do not believe it’s full autism, but maybe more like sensory issues because of her hearing and sight.
From a family who met her in February 2017:
She is what would be considered “low functioning”. I would describe her as autistic, although autism is not listed in her chart. She is currently fed via NG tube. She was sick with a flu-type virus and sent to the hospital. Prior to that visit, she was eating regularly by mouth. After a week at hospital being fed by tube, she has had difficulties swallowing. She is small – the size of a thin 2-year-old. She does gently reach for your hand and make some eye contact and interaction. She has VERY low tone and does not sit up on her own. She is gentle. She does not yell or cry according to nannies, is gentle with other children, and mainly keeps to herself, playing with her hands.
From a missionary who met her in December 2016:
She has strabismus and low (muscle) tone. Very cuddly and mushy! Can stand with some support. I showed them some therapy positions and exercises for them to do to get her to weight bear on her feet, and I can tell they have been doing it. Her nose and eyes were excessively yucky, and I suspected her hearing was impaired from fluid. I discussed it with her doctors and they were going to follow up. She makes sounds, but has no recognizable language. She could probably described as ‘lower functioning’ (but I hate to say that). The orphanage workers love her, and I think that is a problem in that they carry her about. She is in a baby house with typical peers. I believe with some medical attention and therapy, she is capable of progressing.