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: Alicia! 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 married couples, large families, and older parents! She’s been listed since August 2010. More photos are available. SIGNIFICANT RISK, PLEASE ADOPT ME SOON!
Alicia is eligible for an Older Child Grant! For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PD: Alicia wears a black blazer w/ white collared shirt underneath, black skirt, black tights, & tan dress shoes. She appears to have short hair with bangs & a serious expression. It looks like a school photo.
PD: In this undated photo, Alicia wears a navy blue dress w/ matching scrunchie in her reddish-blonde hair, which is half-up. She is smiling slightly & has beautiful, huge dark brown eyes.
Alicia’s Medical History
Alicia was born to an HIV+ mother, and is HIV+ herself. It is unclear whether the virus is being treated. With proper intervention and medication, HIV is a manageable chronic illness. She has also has significant delays and challenges associated with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). We are waiting to learn if she has any medical complications, but she is cognitively delayed and shows signs of attention deficit and hyperactivity.
Other Information About Alicia
SO THANKFUL FOR A NEW PIC OF ALICIA (this photo is likely still very old, as Alicia would be about 14 or 15 this year)! Miss Alicia is a beautiful little girl who needs a loving family. Her other two typically developing sisters were adopted by other families already. Alicia will do best where she can be the focus of attention and have a Daddy wrapped around her finger. Alicia has SO much potential, and deserves a family as much as her sisters. I know there is a family out there for this girl! She is facing the mental institution soon, but has grown up in a loving and well kept orphanage so far (Alicia has already been transferred, her profile information is old). Alicia attends to her bathroom skills independently. She has tremendous potential if someone would take her home and love her!
From an adoptive family who visited with her in July 2010:
Alicia absolutely LOVES one-on-one attention. She is front-and-center if you are handing out kisses and hugs. You can see she wants a Mama all her own, and it will be so hard on her to have her sister leave to be adopted, as her other sister was already adopted (their mother is deceased, most likely from AIDS). She likes to swing. She loved to lay her head in my lap while we were both on the bench swing and I would stroke her hair. The other kids didn’t like to share my attention, but Alicia was ok with it. I could have two in my lap and she didn’t mind, but she didn’t like being crowded out when the other child decided they wanted me all to themselves. She likes sensory input. She kept rubbing her arm across my husband’s unshaved face and shivering and making the funniest face, then immediately doing it again. She likes to go down the slide again and again.
She really likes to be in the middle of whatever is going on, and to be included. But often, she is excluded – even by attendants. For Alicia, it’s a vicious circle. She is delayed, she gets frustrated, they don’t let her do things the others are doing, she gets more delayed and more frustrated. She is VERY, VERY SWEET AND LOVING. She needs a family that has only a couple kids, not ten. If you want a little girl to hug and kiss, she will GLADLY take all the hugs and kisses you can hand out. She isn’t afraid of men, but isn’t inappropriate either. I saw her with my husband as well as another couple of young men who visit regularly. Alicia is on the small side, like maybe size 4. The children are valued and loved at this orphanage. The grounds are visually stimulating and the kids get outside for a couple hours in the morning as well as afternoon. They even go swimming in the pool. Hope someone will come for Alicia very soon!
Today’s second featured ‘Find Me Friday’ kid is: Stephen! Let’s find his family! Stephen was born in June 2006, lives in an Eastern European country, and is waiting for his family to find him. He is eligible to be adopted by married couples, large families, and older parents!
Stephen 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: Stephen wears a blue turtleneck under a red striped sweater vest, smiling while looking directly at the camera. He has sandy brown hair, a light skin tone, & dark eyes.
Stephen’s Medical History
Stephen is said to have minimal “brain dysfunction” (this sounds like a developmental delay) with pyramidal insufficiency. He also has some anomalies of the heart, including secondary cardiomyopathy and an anomalous chord of the left heart ventricle. He has hypermobility of his hip joints, and also has some strabismus (‘concomitant alternating convergent squint’).
Other Information About Stephen
From a family who met him in late 2013:
Stephen was in Riley’s groupa. We saw him a lot during our 7 weeks of visits. He stood out because he’s 7 years old (he is 12 or 13 as of early 2019, and therefore may have been transferred) and taller than the other kids in his groupa of mostly 4- and 5-year-olds. He is a SWEET, sweet boy. He has a great smile with dimples. He’s not overly active (not hyper). Very obedient and cooperative, follows instructions and the flow of the groupa well. An easy-going kiddo. He doesn’t seem to have significant needs. He functions very “typically”, maybe just mild delays.
One thing I’ll never forget about Stephen… one time, when we were invited to watch a performance the kids were putting on, we were some of the only people in the audience. He stood there, singing and doing the body motions to the production just as well as could be. He kept looking right at my husband and I, like he was performing just for us. He just seemed to love having someone there for him and encourage him – to nod, smile, and let him know he was doing a good job. He was working so hard to do his best, and he did so well! It was sweet and sad, all at the same time… knowing we weren’t his mama and papa, and he didn’t have anyone there to give him that recognition forever, that he so appreciated. He would make such a delightful son!
We would have brought him home, too, but were only homestudy approved for one boy. He’s in a good orphanage that provides good care and services, but who knows where he’ll be transferred when they no longer have space for him (he’s already over-age). I have pictures and video of him. Such a kind, happy little boy… he needs a family!