Find Me Friday: Kessler & Chantelle


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’.

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: Kessler! He was born in 2008, lives in an unspecified country most likely within Eastern Europe, and is waiting for his family to find him. He is available to single moms, older parents, and large families!

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

PD: Kessler has beautiful dark hair, light-medium skin tone, & deep black or brown eyes. He sits in an adaptive chair or wheelchair, holding what appears to be a stuffed animal w/ a huge smile. He's wearing a blue shirt.
Kessler with a toy! Credit: RR

PD: Kessler has beautiful dark hair, light-medium skin tone, & deep black or brown eyes. He sits in an adaptive chair or wheelchair, holding what appears to be a stuffed animal w/ a huge smile. He’s wearing a blue shirt.

Kessler’s Medical History

Kessler has been diagnosed with infantile cerebral palsy. He is also said to have a severe to deep mental delay and a delay in his neuropsychological development. His memory supposedly has a reduced volume and is short-term. Kessler can turn from his back to his belly and vice versa. He crawls using his hands, and can sit when held by his hands. He can sit with support for a longer period of time. His sleep is calm. He is dependent on the staff for his basic needs and is fed by staff.

Kessler would most likely thrive with therapy that is not available at this current home, including speech, occupational, and physiotherapies, so his potential is exponential! With the proper supports, he may learn to communicate using alternative methods, such as an eye-gaze computer, letterboard, or pictureboard often used by those with disabilities who are nonverbal or have difficulties with speech.

Other Information About Kessler

Kessler lived with his birth parents until he was almost 3 years old, when he was placed in an orphanage. He currently resides in a group home. He can reach out and grab a toy. When purposefully looking, he can coordinate the movement of his arms – he can thread rings on a stable axis with help from an adult. His notions and perceptions are not full and he is not oriented in a social environment. His concentration and attention are weak. Sometimes, he looks at objects and can follow them. His involuntary attention is better than his active attention, as it is hard to attract and to hold.

Most of the time, Kessler is happy. He seeks approval, attention, and love from adults. His reactions to positive emotional stimuli are adequate. He is apt to change his mood depending on the circumstances. He is attached to the staff.  Kessler makes undetermined and happy sounds that are the result of other people talking to him. He is communicative and curious. When awake, he spends his time among the other children and interacts with them. He perceives their sounds and touches, and reacts by moving his hands, turning his head, making sounds, and laughing. He understands poor behavior and will stop unwanted actions. Kessler can manipulate objects. He plays with rubber toys and rattles, and likes to move a ball in a labyrinth. He holds a toy for a short period of time and bites it. He can look at a toy for a longer period if it lights up.


Today’s second featured ‘Find Me Friday’ kid is: Chantelle! She was born in August 2007, lives in an Eastern European country, and is waiting for her family to find her. She is available to large families and older parents! There is a high likelihood Chantelle has been transferred to an adult institution.

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

PD: Chantelle appears to have dark red or dark blonde hair, but it is hard to tell as it is shaved short. She has beautiful brown eyes & a light complexion, laying in bed wearing a pink shirt.
Chantelle in bed, 2013. Credit: RR

PD: Chantelle appears to have dark red or dark blonde hair, but it is hard to tell as it is shaved short. She has beautiful brown eyes & a light complexion, laying in bed wearing a pink shirt.

Chantelle’s Medical History

Chantelle has been diagnosed with dystonic-dyskinetic cerebral palsy, rough delay of static and locomotor activity, a mental delay, and an umbilical hernia (unclear if this has been repaired). She has two eye conditions, including congenital cataract(s) and strabismus. It is unclear what, if any, interventions have been offered or attempted.

Other Information About Chantelle

Sweet Chantelle has a list of diagnoses, but her main need is a loving family! A family could help her reach her potential and save her from a life in a crib. Kids thrive when they come out of institutions! I’ve seen it happen. I’m sure Chantelle would benefit from at least occupational and physiotherapies, if not other therapies as well, to support her growth!

From a family who met her in fall 2013:

Chantelle is mostly kept in a laying room, although I did see her out in the main groupa room laying in a gated play area. I believe she can roll around. I saw her holding things in her hands, as well. She has a calm, sweet spirit and I had her smiling in the first minute of seeing her. I touched her precious little face and told her I loved her, and she smiled. The other kids seem to love her and they liked going into the laying room to take pictures of her with me. Chantelle so needs a family, now! She won’t be kept at the baby house much longer. She is soooo beautiful, the pictures really don’t do her justice.

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