ABC’s Adoption Diaries
SreeVandana was one of many children at a local orphanage in Hyderabad.
At almost 12 months of age, she was not able to crawl or sit.
Her delayed milestones suggested any number of disorders: genetic, muscular, cerebral palsy, autism, etc.
A medical diagnosis was imperative and long overdue. But, she was just one among many other children in the orphanage, who faced a multitude of medical difficulties. The unfortunate truth, even today, is that the orphanages have access to limited resources. So, there was no guarantee that Vandana would get timely medical intervention, because, there were so many others ahead of her waiting their turn in line.
Eventually, Vandana’s turn did arrive. She was diagnosed with thyroid and neurological issues. She became categorized as a ‘special needs’ child. Ironically, though she was in dire straits, such a categorization actually worked to her advantage. The reason being that, special-needs children automatically get priority over others in medical-care and adoption opportunities.
While Vandana got pushed ahead on the adoption list, Advocates for babies in crisis society (ABC) was summoned to help with her immediate medical requirements. Vandana was brought under the care of a Neurologist and Physiotherapist. With a little time, she began sitting, crawling and accomplishing her delayed milestones.
She was going to be ok! In fact, she was going to be more than ok. She had successfully been matched with a family for adoption. The applicants were a young family from the USA, temporarily living in Hyderabad.
However, the process of adoption is neither fast nor easy! After over 18 patient months of relentless paperwork and interviews, on June 8th, 2017, SreeVandana Ford was united with her new family. Her mom, Lindsey Ford was the founder of ABC. During her time with ABC in Hyderabad, she not only watched babies thrive, but pass away as well. The desire to adopt and make a beautiful commitment was born.
The Ford parents currently live in the USA making fond memories with their 2 sons and 2 daughters. Their dedication, determination and love for humanity will always be remembered.
Good luck and God bless you, inspiring Ford family! ABC wishes you a glorious life together!
Written for ABC by Laksmi Davaloor
Commitments and Helping Hands come in all shapes and sizes. Every volunteer at ABC, whether a cuddler, runner, board member, doctor, donor, etc., make huge differences daily.
ABC adopts local orphanages and predominantly works with babies. ABC is an entirely volunteer based organization, with all proceeds going directly to support the orphans.