Kelly & Kristi S.
It is finalized. As of December 19th, 2014 FNU Revathi is now a part of our family as Revathi Joy. We traveled to India in March of 2014 to appear before the Indian court in Hyderabad. After some initial miscues we were granted guardianship, but we had to return home without Revathi. We returned to India at the end of May 2014 and took her with us to New Delhi to get her Visa so she could come home with us. She arrived in America on May 29th.
The summer was a good time of fun and learning how to be a family, but it was complicated by some medical concerns. Revathi was having multiple minor seizures every week, so we took her to see a neurologist at a local hospital. After extensive testing he prescribed replacement medication for what she had had in India. Since then she has had very few. Unfortunately this took all summer.
Revathi has been growing in her understanding of English and how to live and function in America. There have been some hurdles, both relationally and developmentally, but she is very resilient and is making great progress. Due to some negative experiences in India we chose to home-school her along with our other school age daughter. She is starting to make friends and interact with other kids at home-school enrichment classes, church, and dance classes. It is fun to see more of her personality coming out instead of the frightened child whose development was stalled by repeated seizures.
Moving forward our focus is going to be on continuing to build relationship within our family, as well as addressing her past traumas through therapy, and helping her fill in the educational gaps. Thank you for your support and doing all that you have to make this story happen. We are, and continue to be, incredibly grateful.
Kelly & Kristi