Find Me Friday: Heather & Bailee

PD: RR’s logo states ‘Reece’s Rainbow’ across center, w/ signature 3 diagonal brush strokes in blue, pink, & green. Above & below in a circle are the words ‘Special needs adoption support’.

Update January 2020:

Unfortunately, Heather’s profile has disappeared from RR and Bailee aged out before a family could be found for her 😦

In this series, each Friday, I want to share a different child or children 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: Heather! She was born in 2003, lives in an Asian country, and is waiting for her family to find her. Heather is at risk of aging out! I do not know the requirements of her region, but it appears she is adoptable past the usual 14-year age requirement in her region. I am hoping it is not a fluke that she’s still listed! She’s been listed a long time – since November 2011! Let’s see this girl home ASAP!

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

Undated photo of Heather that appears very old. Credit: RR

PD: Heather stands whilst supported by an adult, holding a packet of crackers in her hand w/ a brilliant smile on her face. She has short, dark hair & eyes. She’s wearing a yellow t-shirt & jeans.

Heather’s Medical History

Heather has been diagnosed with epilepsy and a moderate cognitive delay. She is currently on medication for epilepsy, and reports state she has not displayed any effects of epilepsy since April 2009. 

Heather has also been diagnosed with moderate intellectual deficiency: according to reports, she had a brain injury caused by suspected abuse from her father. Her psychological assessments show she has a delay in cognitive and motor development. Heather has also been diagnosed with congenital myopia (nearsightedness), astigmatism, and mild strabismus. She currently wears glasses for myopia and astigmatism. The doctor related that astigmatism is mild, so it is not necessary for her to have surgery.

Heather’s Education

Heather very much enjoys school, especially singing and dancing. She gets along very well with her school peers. It is unclear whether she is mainstreamed or at a special needs school.

Other Information About Heather

This BEAUTIFUL girl needs a forever family of her own. Heather is presently residing in an orphanage. Heather’s favorite foods are rice with meat sauce, tapioca milk tea, chocolate, pudding, cookies, yakult, and candy. She dislikes noodles, vegetables, bean curd, and steamed buns. Her favorite activities are playing house, fishing, doing puzzles, drawing, and any active games. She does not enjoy thunder, dogs, being alone, the dark, strangers, or caregivers having raised/angry voices. 

Today’s second featured ‘Find Me Friday’ kid is: Bailee! She was born in November 2005, lives in an Asian country, and is waiting for her family to find her. Bailee is at risk of aging out! She’s been listed since February 2016.

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

Bailey Collage
Undated collage of photos of Bailee. Credit: RR

PD: Bailee’s collage consists of 3 photos – in the 1st, a full-length photo, she stands near a green slide wearing a swirly multicolor dress & silver sandals; in the 2nd, she wears a white dress w/ patterns, standing next to a yellow slide; & in the 3rd, she wears a mint-green top w/ bows around the neck. Bailee has short, black hair, dark eyes, & a shy smile.

Bailee’s Medical History

Bailee was born with a condition called arthrogryposis, which affects her knees, ankles and elbows. This means she has some joint contractures. Learn more here! Although orphanage staff say her fingers aren’t affected, they do report some weakness.

In November 2015, she received surgery to improve her mobility and she is currently going through rehabilitation for walking. Although she was able to walk with support a little prior to surgery, she had mostly been using a wheelchair to get around.

Bailee’s Education

Bailee’s teachers say she is polite, gets along well with other children, and loves studying. They also report she is very smart, independent, and capable. She learned to write her name after being shown only once and seldom asks for help. She is strong and very self-reliant both inside and outside of class, and laughs happily when praised by her teachers. She is well-liked and supported by friends and classmates. She is able to hold a pencil to write many words, do addition and subtraction, and feed herself.

A teacher said while the other children color a page working from the top to the bottom, Bailee starts at the bottom and colors up. When asked why, she replied: “I just want to be different from others”.

Other Information About Bailee

Bailee is a very capable and independent girl despite limb differences. She participates in the big sister program in her institute. Bailee enjoys singing, crafts, and drawing. Bailee is happy in the institute but also has a good attitude about adoption. Her orphanage prepares children very well for families and takes great care of their kids, too! Bailee is willing to be adopted by foreigners so she’ll have more friends and people to love her. She told our staff she would like to have siblings. She also shared her favorite toys are Barbie dolls, and that she likes the color blue. She said she hopes to go to college to become a teacher. What an inspiration this girl will be to the family who says “YES” to her!

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