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: *Mikayla! *Mikayla is a 5-year-old girl who lives at Courage 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 $18 in her FSP, since she’s brand-new – let’s help grow her account!!!
PD: *Mikayla’s short, medium-brown hair is pulled half-up into an endearingly lopsided pigtail & she has a large, gap-toothed smile! She wears a yellow dress w/ multi-colored trim on the shoulders. She has a star graphic over her face to protect her identity.
*Mikayla’s Medical History
*Mikayla was born with cerebral palsy and has been diagnosed with a visual impairment.
*Mikayla’s formal education is not shared, probably because she is still adjusting to life in a new home! Right now, her best form of education is being around foster siblings and working with her foster parent(s) and caregivers in the home. As stated below, she has made some physical progress over the past few months of being in her new environment!
Other information About *Mikayla
*Mikayla was born in 2014. *Mikayla has the sweetest smile, laugh, and disposition. She is extremely expressive, so it is very easy to gauge what she needs and when she is upset. She likes to be silly. For her own entertainment and the entertainment of others, *Mikayla makes silly faces and sounds, gargles her water, and echoes the voices of her friends and caregivers. She is a cuddlebug one minute and a determined explorer the next. She is definitely full of light and love and spirit.
*Mikayla has made wonderful, consistent progress since arriving at her current home. She is motivated to communicate, and will babble and approximate some words. She is now more willing to engage in sensory experiences and has developed some independent play skills. She has good receptive communication, and is spoken to in both English and her native language of Telugu. She will use various vocalizations and behaviors to express some basic things, like making a kissy noise when she wants a kiss. She is gaining physical strength, and can sit independently, move around by rolling, stand with support, and take steps using a mobility device.
*Mikayla is partially sponsored, so needs $345/month! Sign up to sponsor her here.
You can read more of what I’ve written about *Mikayla 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.