Update July 2020:
Unfortunately, Jory aged out before his family was found 😦
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: Jory! He was born in July 2006, lives in an Asian country, and is waiting for his family to find him. He is eligible to be adopted by single moms! Jory is at risk of aging out! He will need a family before his 14th birthday!
I am 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: Jory appears young in this photo (I’m guessing it’s from his original listing in 2013, where he is riding a tricycle, wearing an orange t-shirt & green pants in his foster home. He has a calm expression, black hair, and dark brown eyes.
PD2: Jory appears a little older than the last photo, and is climbing on a tree near the bottom, wearing a tan shirt & gray shorts.
Jory’s Medical History
Jory was born with spina bifida and has a postoperative meningocele. In addition, he also has a postoperative right clubfoot and postoperative hernia. He has had corrective surgery to treat tethered spinal cord syndrome. One of his legs is shorter than the other.
When RR representatives spoke with those who submitted a 2016 update (below), it sounded like Jory would greatly benefit from a comprehensive spina bifida team to look at his issues and take an integrated approach. He needs good, consistent PT as well as custom braces, things not available currently. While Jory is able to walk despite having one significantly shorter leg, it is not safe to do so until he is adopted and has these interventions. His shorter leg has decreased bone density – he has broken it once, his hip once, and dislocated the hip once by walking. These injuries required three major orthopedic surgeries, and he has been on bedrest much of the previous three years. Jory desperately needs a family to adopt him and help him get the medical care he needs so that he can walk again like he wishes to!
From his June 2016 update (read more below), it was noted that he academically excelled at school. He knew many Chinese characters and was able to read books with a little assistance. He knew how to use a dictionary, and said he wanted to make friends with his dictionary. The only benefit to his injury prior to 2016 (mentioned elsewhere in this post) is that he has had private tutoring, and is actually ahead of his peers academically!
Other Information About jory
Jory was found abandoned beside the road at the age of 3 months. He has normal intelligence. He likes to listen to music, sing, and play with trucks, cars, and balls. His right leg is slightly shorter than his left, but does not seem to impact him. He can walk, run, jump, and go up and down stairs well. He is patiently waiting for his family to find him. In 2013, Jory was attending kindergarten and doing well.
Updated June 2016:
“Jory is developing very well in all areas. He is able to express his feelings through words and artforms, especially drawing, in which he is very talented and self-taught! His drawings are full of detail and stories, his choice of colors and lines is amazing, and like most other boys his age, superheroes are often the theme. He loves his group home and friends, where he is caring and able to stand up for himself when necessary. He is very active and full of energy, even though he had to stay in bed with a broken leg. He was eager to walk and jump again. He is very humorous, enjoys making others laugh, and loves singing so much, he would sing all the way on the school bus – 45 minute ride! He also likes legos. He is fascinated with how things are made and how they work.
Jory has been watching his foster siblings and friends get adopted one after another, and often wonders what would happen to him and if anyone would “pick” him. He says if he gets adopted, he would like to have mom and dad who are kind, who would bring him Legos just like other parents who adopted his foster brothers. It is hard for him, or any other waiting child, to truly understand unconditional love means you don’t have to make an effort to be loved, you don’t need to earn your adoption and a forever family. It is our hope he can have a family of his own who will love him, cherish him, enjoy him, and show him what true love means.”
Jory desperately needs a family to adopt him and help him get the medical care he needs so that he can walk again like he wishes to!