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. There have been recent updates and a new SCH child’s profile has been shared on the site! 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: *Evi! *Evi is a 9-year-old girl who lives at Jubilee Home in a South Asian country, and is waiting for her family to find her. She is available to married couples and single moms!
She currently has $9 in her FSP, since she’s brand-new – let’s help grow her account!!!
PD: *Evi has dark, textured black hair that will most likely be curly once it grows out! It’s relatively short right now. She has a content smile w/ 1 dimple! She lays in a yellow beanbag chair, wearing a maroon top w/ musical notes peeking out. She has beautiful olive skin & her eyes are covered w/ a white star graphic to help protect her identity.
Evi’s Medical History
*Evi has cerebral palsy, and although it hasn’t been officially diagnosed, it’s possible that *Evi may have Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI), based on its high correlation with cerebral palsy and the presence of several characteristics of CVI in *Evi’s visual behaviors and processing. Improvements in her visual processing and engagement during her time in her new home have been made, due primarily to better nutrition and stimulation.
*Evi is able to grab and pick up various items, and is working on both hand strength and mobility in physiotherapy weekly. She is working hard with her physical therapist to be able to sit up. She is also working with physiotherapy to prepare her body for a double hip surgery to help increase both her mobility and function.
There is currently no information given about *Evi’s education, but as she is just settling into life in her new home, I would say the best ‘education’ is spending time with her foster sisters, attending physiotherapy, and advancing in many other ways! When information is updated about her education, I’ll edit this section.
Other information About *Evi
*Evi was born in 2010. *Evi was transferred to her current home in September 2019. She had experienced neglect and under-stimulation in her previous orphanage, but has grown so much in her new home that it’s hard to tell she is the same girl. *Evi is a happy, fun-loving child and loves to listen to music and play with her friends within the home. She enjoys being held and rocked, and being in the sunshine.
*Evi is the true babe of Jubilee. At 9 years old, she is the youngest member in a house filled with teenage girls. She is absolutely adored by her foster sisters and caregiver, and everyone loves to make her laugh. She is shy, but loves to listen to music, being rocked in the rocking chair, and going to bed. She has a beautiful smile, and it has been a privilege to watch her truly begin to shine and thrive at Jubilee!
*Evi is able to independently lift her head and makes purposeful eye contact, laughing and smiling at those with whom she is familiar. She flaps her hands when she is excited. *Evi is non-verbal and appears to understand some basic words in both English and her native language of Telugu, as she often smiles or laughs in response. *Evi is a joy and would benefit and grow exponentially in a family of her own.
*Evi is completely unsponsored, so needs the full amount of $350/month! Sign up to sponsor her here.
You can read more of what I’ve written about *Evi here.
**Please note: Many other children at SCH are also available for adoption, and you can find a list at the top of this blog under the drop down menu ‘Adoption Advocacy’ using the drop-down option ‘Waiting Children’. If you are from the US, you could adopt any eligible waiting child under the age of 16 (up to age 18 in some places outside the US – check with your local government to learn more.)
For more information regarding adoption from Ind*a in general, you can visit this site. It is the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) of the Ministry of Women & Child Development.
An important part of SCH’s work is YOU! If you cannot afford to, or are not in a position to adopt, there are many other ways to ensure SCH can continue to offer such a high level of care and amazing quality of life to these children. SCH relies on donations to keep running. Donation opportunities include child sponsorship at any cost per month, from as low as $25/month. Sponsorship usually costs between $300 and $400 per child, depending on complexity of needs and which city they live in (Ongole or Hyderabad).
You can sponsor any child who needs additional funding at SCH by using the resources found here. Use these resources to get involved in other ways, such as becoming an advocate or volunteering. You can also become a medical sponsor (ideal for large groups or organizations who wish to support SCH) and donate toward monthly emergency medical expenses; or an educational sponsor and donate toward a specific on-site school. Learn about other ways to give charitably to SCH here, and check back often for additional opportunities.
*A note about names: SCH uses online nicknames for the children in order to protect their identity, per Indian government guidelines which state that children in care may not have identifying photos of them on the internet, as well as no identifying information such as birth name, place of origin, etc. No full-face photos will be posted.