Update January 2020:
Unfortunately, Troy aged out before a family was found. Carolina still waits!
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 first featured ‘Find Me Friday’ kid is: Carolina! Let’s find her family! She was born in May 2006, lives in an Eastern European country, and is waiting for her family to find her. She is eligible to be adopted by older parents and large families!
She is 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.
PD1: Carolina is held by a caregiver, looking closely at the camera in a red & white striped shirt w/ her mouth slightly open.
PD2: Carolina has dark, cropped hair & dark eyes. She is standing independently against a wall, wearing a purple & white long-sleeved shirt w/ her arms bent & hands resting on her stomach.
Carolina’s Medical History
Carolina has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, for which she wears AFOs on both feet, as well as strabismus and a developmental delay. Her CP affects her mostly from the knees down. At some point, Carolina had (or is a carrier of) cytomegalovirus, or CMV, which was reconfirmed in 2012. However, it’s unknown if it is active, or if she was exposed during pregnancy. CMV can cause brain damage if a baby is exposed in-utero, so a family needs to be prepared, and for the fact that it IS transmissible when it flares. Physical therapy and a loving family will bring MIRACLES for this girl!
Other Information About Carolina
Carolina is such a beautiful girl; beautiful brown hair with olive skin. She can walk with support, or if someone holds one of her hands. She speaks separate words, understands simple speech, and is affectionate and friendly. Carolina was transferred in 2011 to a boarding school (not an institution).
Update from August 2013:
Carolina is a beautiful girl! She is about 4 feet tall and about 50 lbs. She is very strong, and she does make her likes and dislikes known. Her biggest love is candy… but not chocolate! She likes white chocolate a lot, though. She likes dolls, and can undress them herself. She has good use of her hands. She gets around by crawling or knee-walking, which is great. Knee-walking shows her hips are nice and strong. She loves to “dance.” Dancing, to her, is an adult bouncing her up and down for as long as you can stand to do it. She gets quite unhappy when you stop to take a break.
The nannies make her walk a bit while holding onto hands, but her legs and feet are just not able to line up with her tight spasticity. She is very strong. She loves cell phones and will try to snatch them at any opportunity. A toy cell phone that plays music would be nice for her. She speaks, though like a toddler. She repeats the same things over and over, but she does say a couple other words and use them correctly. She understands much more, and the caretakers speak to her in complete sentences. She just loves to move and bounce and be twirled around. She likes BIG movements. She was very briefly startled by my husband, but quickly discovered he could bounce her around longer and higher than I could… and so she quickly preferred him!
Carolina does have some institutional behaviors that a family needs to be prepared for. Her moods change quickly, and when she gets upset, she can throw herself to the floor, even injuring herself. She will hit, pull hair, etc., if she is upset. She will throw large toys, as well. The caretakers love her, but did express she would likely not engage or interact with kids bigger than her, and would be likely to assert herself over anyone smaller. That is just how life in these places is. Families without small children would be best for her. An involved, hands-on Papa would be ideal, and a trampoline would be out of this world for her.
Today’s second featured ‘Find Me Friday’ kid is: Troy! Let’s find his family! Troy was born in 2003, lives in an Eastern European country, and is waiting for his family to find him. He is eligible to be adopted by large families and older parents! He’s been listed since May 2011, which is forever to wait for a family 😦
He is 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: Troy has a sweet smile on his face. He has light brown hair, dark brown eyes, & wears a blue sweater, w/ white & blue patterned wallpaper behind him.
Troy’s Medical History
Troy has been diagnosed with a mild mental delay. He is non-verbal, but understands speech addressed to him.
Other Information About Troy
Troy has been transferred to the local Internat.
From a family who met him in 2012:
His profile says he is non-verbal, and that is true; he did not talk at all while I was there. However, he was extremely gentle, kind, and had a very sweet demeanor. I took bubbles one day, and all the kids mobbed me wanting to play, but Troy just stood patiently smiling at me, waiting his turn. I don’t think I ever saw him without a smile on his face. He would sit next to me at the table and stare very sweetly at me, and when I would make eye contact, he would put his arms out to give me a hug.
I do not know about his cognitive ability because I just did not get to spend enough time with him, but he did understand the instructions given by his teacher and caretaker at the boarding school with no problems, obeying and following all instructions (with a smile on his face). Physically, he had no problems. I do not know if his lack of speech is due to trauma or an actual inability to form words. I will absolutely never forget how gentle and loving he was, he lives to be hugged and loved what little one-on-one attention I was able to give. He was so patient and kind to the other kids. A family would be blessed to have this precious boy as their son!