Update March 2020:
Just days after this post, it was discovered that a family is pursuing Madeline! If any additional details become available, I’ll update here!
In this series, each Friday, I want to share a different child or group of children with you who are 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 featured ‘Find Me Friday’ child is: Madeline! She lives in an Asian country and is waiting for her family to find her. She is available to married couples and single moms! Many videos of Madeline are available!
She currently has just over $22 in her FSP (let’s help grow her account!!!). In addition, Madeline has a $5,000 Bright Futures Agency Grant with Madison Adoption Associates.
PD: A 16-photo collage of Madeline doing many activities, including walking using her cane, going down stairs, playing in a pool, riding a horse, playing w/ toys, riding a toy w/ another child, & smiling cheesily at the camera. She has beautiful black hair & dark almond-shaped eyes.
Madeline’s Medical History
Madeline is blind and has no other mentioned diagnoses.
From a December 2019 Written Update (more is noted below):
Madeline was learning cane skills and can navigate short routes on her own, and longer routes with someone telling her where to go. Regarding cognition, Madeline can tell different people apart by listening to their voices and knows what she wants or doesn’t want. Under the guidance of her teachers, she can count numbers and recite poems and three-character sutras.
Other information About Madeline
Madeline is an adorable little girl with a beautiful smile who was born in 2011! Madeline recently spent a year at a foster home for blind and visually impaired orphans. Staff at the foster home said:
“Watching Madeline blossom from an overly timid and scared child into a lively and happy little girl has been one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. Madeline is still shy, but has the sweetest smile when she accomplishes something new. She was very nervous the first time we took her to the pool, but after a few seconds with her feet in the water, she was ready to jump right in! I’ve never seen her happier than when she’s playing in the pool. Madeline loves hugs and kisses; when she hears the voice of someone she loves, she will call out to greet them and walk over for a hug. She will bring so much brightness and love to a forever family.”
She can express her basic needs, such as when she is hungry, thirsty, or needs to go to the bathroom, but only when asked directly. Madeline follows directions and is clearly very smart, but selective about when she speaks. Towards the end of her time at the foster home, Madeline was starting to speak spontaneously and in more complex sentences, as she felt safe there. She was also learning English and had fantastic pronunciation.
***Madeline was recalled to her orphanage, and desperately needs a family to get to her, so she doesn’t regress from all she has gained!***
December 2019 Written Update:
Self-care: She can walk, run under the guidance of someone else, brush her teeth, wash her face, and eat by herself with a spoon. However, food sometimes drops mid-way due to her vision. She can use the toilet on her own, but needs adults to take her.
Emotion: She likes to give hugs to those she knows well, and wants hugs from others, too. She is very close to her foster mom and teachers; she trusts and relies on those she knows. She usually keeps a stable mood, but when she cannot find toys she wants, she will get upset and anxious.
Speech: She says hello to the teacher and goodbye when she leaves. She can complete simple dialogue with the teacher or foster parents. When you ask her simple questions, she will respond and can introduce herself.
Motor: She can walk independently under the guidance of adults, and can run and jump with support. Her hands grasp well. She can play with toys and construction blocks. She can ride a twist car and follows the music to morning exercises.