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 ‘Find Me Friday’ kid is: Harmony! She was born in 2012, lives in an Eastern European country, and is waiting for her family to find her. She is available to single moms, older parents, and large families! She has been listed since May 2015 – way too long to wait for a family!
I am eligible for a $2,000 Grant! This grant is offered by Reece’s Rainbow, for children in this specific country. Grant funds are dependent on available funding.
Author’s note: Harmony would do best in a family who is familiar with blindness and can provide the proper supports and interventions she will need, such as guide cane training and possibly Braille, along with other necessary interventions. There’s no way to know Harmony’s potential until she has her very own family! She has been waiting a very long time for the right family to see her!
PD: Harmony sits in a stroller w/ hands clasped, & a soft toy on her lap, wearing a white long-sleeve t-shirt, black pants, & white tennis shoes. She has an olive complexion & short, dark hair pulled into a ponytail on top of her head.
Harmony’s Medical History
Harmony was born blind due to a congenital eye anomaly called anophthalmia. She has also been diagnosed with agenesis of corpus callosum (the two halves of her brain do not communicate typically), colpocephaly, and delayed motor development.
Other Information About Harmony
Update May 2019:
Harmony was recently moved to a smaller family-style center, where she is receiving more attention and care. She still goes to the daycare center at the orphanage, and will go to school once she turns 7. She is described as very friendly. She is not aggressive at all and interacts well with other children. She continues to respond to sounds and tone of voice. She can be comforted with a soft tone. She will hold toys and tries to interact with them, but needs help to know what to do.
She loves rocking horses, and will play for long periods of time. She will laugh and stop rocking to clap her hands in order to show her pleasure. She makes some sounds, such as “baba”, “mama”, and “la-la”. She enjoys tactile input and responds well. She can still stand with support and walk pushing a walker or when someone is holding her hand. She has not had any instruction in how to walk in a way that will accommodate her lack of vision. Since coming to the center, she has learned to drink from a special cup and is eating from a spoon.
Photos and videos from April 2019 are available through her agency! For more information on this child, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Update January 2017:
Harmony tries to sit independently and stands with the help of an adult or holding onto support. She can step aside holding onto support and pushes a walker with help and guidance by an adult. She holds a toy handed to her by an adult and studies the objects with her hands. When she gets upset, she may self-harm. Harmony expresses emotion through vocalization – vowel sounds and random sounds. When frustrated, she can express her discontent. She can tell apart tones of voice and reacts with a smile to caresses when calm. She is fed with a spoon and drinks from a cup held by an adult.