Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies

by Snehalaya 'Home of Love'
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Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies
Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies
Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies
Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies
Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies
Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies
Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies
Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies
Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies
Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies
Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies
Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies
Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies
Apr 28, 2022

New life

Sameer's adoption frees a cradle for another baby
Sameer's adoption frees a cradle for another baby

Thank you so much for supporting our infants and young children here in India. Unfortunately in a system already burdened with children waiting for new families and homes, the pandemic is causing even more delays in placing children through the government system, so your contributions have never been so vital. There is an increasing number of COVID orphans on top of the children with disabilities that have already been waiting for some time. It is a sad fact that while we do have many Indian families wishing to adopt they are less likely to take on a child with disabilities and most of these children are put up for international adoption instead. Every adoption we process is a celebration with a special handover ceremony to mark the event. However there is extra cause to celebrate when our special children find their new home. This is just one recent story.

Sameer's mother had four sisters and was married off at an early age by her parents who were working as laborers. Her husband was disabled and addicted, so Sameer's mother worked as a laborer to support the family as best she could, but their financial situation was highly challenging. If she did not pay for his alcohol, her husband would abuse her physically and psychologically.

She became pregnant, but her first child, a girl, was severely underweight and died due to lack of medical treatment. She fell pregnant for a second time, giving birth to a son. She took care of her child very well, but a crisis was looming as the boy's eyesight began to wane. Again with no money for medical treatment, the boy became mentally disabled.

The husband’s behavior worsened, and one day he threw the mother and disabled son out of the house. She went to the train station where she contacted her parents and, after waiting at the train station for four to five days, she returned to her father, a porter, and started working as a laborer.

After some time, her husband turned up and brought her back home. However, his behavior had not changed. When she became pregnant again, he was not ready to support her or his son who needed medical treatment. The mother gave birth to her second son, Sameer, at a government hospital in Ahmednagar.

Unfortunately, her second son was also born with a mental disability and she shared her concerns about how she was going to be able to also take care of this baby with hospital staff and doctors. They contacted Snehankur who counselled her before completing all the legal procedures to admit Sameer and start the medical treatments he needed. We also gave Sameer's elder brother medical treatment and supported his mother to live independently.

Sameer began to grow slowly but needed multiple interventions by Dr Sunil Sable (ophthalmologist) and Dr Suchit Tamboli (pediatrician specializing in special needs children). He was registered in the CARA adoption system but no Indian parents were willing to take on Sameer’s multiple health issues. Having exhausted the Indian options, Sameer was freed for international adoption.

Sameer’s profile was seen by parents looking to adopt in the USA and happily started the adoption process. After two years living in Snehankur’s care, Sameer was fondly loved by our staff, but they were also very happy to hand over a very handsome and smiling Sameer to his new parents and his new life in the USA.

As you can see your support of our work goes way beyond rescuing and sheltering babies, we are also able to stregthen and liberate families from some of the most dire situations. We not be able to do this without you and I am incredibly grateful to have you in our extended family.

 

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Location: Ahmednagar, Maharashtra - India
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Joyce Connolly
epsom, Surrey United Kingdom
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