Help 137 Special Needs Orphan Children in India

by Jake's Network of Hope
Help 137 Special Needs Orphan Children in India
Help 137 Special Needs Orphan Children in India
Help 137 Special Needs Orphan Children in India
Help 137 Special Needs Orphan Children in India
Help 137 Special Needs Orphan Children in India
Help 137 Special Needs Orphan Children in India
Help 137 Special Needs Orphan Children in India
Help 137 Special Needs Orphan Children in India
Help 137 Special Needs Orphan Children in India
Help 137 Special Needs Orphan Children in India
Help 137 Special Needs Orphan Children in India
Help 137 Special Needs Orphan Children in India

Project Report | Jun 26, 2018
Silly Julie

By Stephanie Bowers | Project Leader

Julie working with her physical therapist
Julie working with her physical therapist

Julie is a sassy, but sweet outgoing little girl. She arrived at our Diaper Drop Sarah’s Covenant Homes (SCH) three and a half years ago, at the age of 5. Prior to SCH, she spent years in a government orphanage where her hydrocephalus went untreated. She has a deep love and appreciation for food and feels happiest when she is in someones arms and is able to participate in all the fun. Julie is quite the social butterfly and gets along with everyone so easily. Her housemother and caregivers couldn't help but fall head over heels for her sweet smile and care free spirit.

Thanks to your support, we’ve been blessed to provide SCH with cloth diapers for Julie and the other children who call SCH home. By providing the basic need of diapers, Julie’s caregivers are able to invest in specialized therapies and corrective surgeries that increase her chances of adoption!

Julie needs a family to call her own, and her foster mother Colleen wrote the following about her:

“Julie has hydrocephalus and has a VP shunt that she received 4 years ago. Because Julie did not receive a shunt until she was older she has some physical delays that may be related to damage from untreated hydrocephalus. When Julie first received her shunt 3 years ago she had some medical complications and regressed in almost all areas. With the help of her teachers and therapists she has regained the skills she previously had and has learned and progressed ever since then. Julie’s official age is 13 but we believe that she is younger, closer to 9 or 10. We are in the process of getting her age changed but a family should be open to the fact that she may be a bit younger then what is officially listed.

Julie speaks over 100 words in English and speaks many more in her native language. She understands most of what is being said to her in English and she can identify all of the children and adults in the house she lives in. Julie can count up to 5, identify some basic colors, and answer basic questions. For a long time Julie told everyone her name was baby and refused to say her name. Now she says her name is Julie but her nickname “Julie Baby” has stuck! Julie loves to attend circle time every morning and requests her favorite preschool songs. She can identify a photo of her herself and choose the letter that her name starts with. After circle time she works 1:1 with a teacher on identifying shapes and colors and working on fine motor skills. Academically Julie is around a 4-5 year old level.

Julie is a great sister to all the children she lives with. She loves to ask to “hold” the kids, even if they are bigger then her. She will hold babies and the older kids alike and give them kisses. Sometimes we let Sarita and Julie lay on the same bed for a bit before going to sleep. Julie loves these mini sleepovers and gets so excited when we let Sarita her “take care of” Sarita. On nights when she doesn’t have Sarita to take care of Julie loves to snuggle with one of her baby dolls and give it kisses. Julie loves to give out kisses and hugs to everyone in the house and always greets visitors who come into the house. It’s not unusual to find her bossing around a new visitor to the house, asking them to get her a book off the shelf or bring a toy to her. Julie is very compassionate towards everyone in the house and likes to be in on whatever action is going on. Nearly everyone who meets Julie uses the words diva, sassy, and sweet to describe her. Julie is well known for her “duck lips” which she pulls out when you ask her to smile for a photo.

Julie gets physical therapy five times a week. She has been working with the same physical therapist for the past 2 years and they gave made some great gains together. Julie and her physical therapist have a unique relationship and her PT knows how to get Julie to participate in therapy even on days when Julie would rather not do anything! Julie crawls as her main mode of transport. She wears AFOs to help stabilize her ankles when she weight bears and to to keep her from developing contractures. Julie can pull into a tall kneel and can pull up to stand from a seated position with help. Julie does not always enjoy physical therapy and can often be found complaining about it and saying things like “It’s too cold” or “Oh my goodness” during PT that keep everyone laughing! Julie will eventually need a hip surgery to help with hip dysplasia. Her PT and orthopedic surgeon would like to see her build up some more muscles before she undergoes surgery. Although we are not sure if Julie will ever walk without assistance she will benefit from specially made wheelchairs, standers, and other orthopedic devices that she cannot currently access.

Julie is a very smart child and benefits from structure and routine. We believe in a family with consistent routines and care she would be fully potty trained and some of the attention seeking behaviors we currently see would be lessen with consistent attention and love. Julie has done well and made so much progress in her years at Sarah’s Covenant Homes but Julie needs a family that will love her and help her achieve her maximum potential. If you’d like to learn more about the requirements to adopt Julie please click here, and you can also visit her Reece’s Rainbow profile.

Even if you can’t adopt Julie please share this blog post so that her family can find her! And please pray for a family to step up for Julie so that she can know the love of a forever family.” 

Thanks for helping Julie & the other children we serve at Sarah's Covenant Homes. I encourage you to reach me at stephanie@jakesdiapers.org with any questions you have. I'd love to hear from you! 

~ Stephanie

Silly Julie (a few years ago!)
Silly Julie (a few years ago!)

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Jake's Network of Hope

Location: Neenah, WI - USA
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Twitter: @jakesdiapers
Jake's Network of Hope
Cheryl Tiedt
Project Leader:
Cheryl Tiedt
Jake's Diapers, Inc.
Little Chute , WI United States

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