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2017 Goals

This past week Brittany and I have sat down to write some goals and do some planning for the new year. With 11 kids it can be really easy for some to get lost in the shuffle so we wanted to make sure every kid had a clear goal that they were working towards for the new year. Looking over all the goals I think our overall themes¬†for 2017 will be independence, social skills, and weight gain. In 2016 the kids made some great progress and we’re looking forward to what 2017 will bring!


Pretty much Emerald’s goals are to keep being a baby and hitting appropriate developmental milestones! She should be getting a g-tube placed in January and a cleft palate repair in December of 2017.


  • Gain weight
  • More tummy time
  • Sit up independently
  • Continue to hit developmental milestones


Shilohs’s goals for next year is to thrive! Although she is still severely malnourished we are hoping that we can see her make some progress this upcoming year once we get her body out of survival mode. We recently got an MRI done that showed extensive brain damage but she’s still young so the brain has some plasticity during the first 5 years that we are hoping to take full advantage of!


  • Sleep through the night
  • More physical therapy
  • Better eating in a better seating device. Figuring out tongue thrust and sensory aversion
  • Gain weight. 2 snacks a day (morning/afternoon) with more protein


Josie is pretty much developmentally on target so we would like to see that continue plus see more gross motor skills develop. Last night she said her first word- mama! She continues to be an incredibly happy baby who loves food! No weight gain goal for her ūüôā


  • Crawl/bear weight
  • Saying simple words
  • Sit up independently (She can currently sit up but can’t get into that position by herself)
  • Finger/self feed food
  • Drink from a sippy cup- no more bottle!¬†
  • No more diaper rash


Abe has come so far from the tiny baby I got in Delhi! He’s currently bearing weight and we hope that 2017 is the year he walks! He has some global developmental delays but he’s been consistently making good progress so we’re excited to see what 2017 brings for this silly boy.


  • Walk
  • Eat non-mixey food consistently
  • Tolerate more textures
  • Start saying simple words and requesting more.


Caden is also in the beginning stages of learning how to walk! He’s bearing weight and starting to show limited interest in walking. He’s also going to start attending an outside enrichment class this week along with Julie and Cara. Caden is a ham inside the house but as soon as we get outside he gets scared and starts crying. We’re hoping to widen his circle and allow him to get over some of his social anxiety.


  • Walk¬†
  • Talking more with words
  • Gain weight
  • Complete independent feeding
  • Bath 2x week and fingers wrapped individually
  • Counting up to 3, identifying colors and shapes, preschool concepts


Penny’s goals for 2017 are to be more independent! We would love to see our sunshine girl standing, eating by herself, and communicating with us.


  • Independent eating
  • Standing with Orthotics
  • Wearing glasses everyday¬†
  • Using picture communication consistently
  • Increasing attention span


Cara had a pretty major year in 2016 when she learned to walk and finally got her surgery! For 2017 we’re hoping to get her completely healthy again and more independent as well. And get her comfortable outside the home- she’s enrolled in the same class as Julie and Caden!


  • Walk outside of Anchor Home independently
  • Climb up and down stairs
  • Preschool concepts
  • Gain weight- 2nd snack, eating more at mealtimes¬†
  • Better behavior (eating meals sitting down, no beating other children)¬†
  • Appropriate peer interaction


Sweet Katherine had a rough year in 2016! We put a lot of hope into her cochlear implant and then it got infected. Hopefully in 2017 we can get her reimplanted and get her back on track! We are also considering a hip surgery for her to address her hip that is out of socket.


  • Increase time in vision room (1 on 1)
  • Eating non-mixey food
  • Increased tummy time
  • Sensory integration
  • Getting a better seating device


Valor’s main goal in 2017 is to get a plan in place for his scoliosis and get communicating more! Valor’s new favorite thing is laughing when people cough. Luckily for him we have lots of that in Anchor Gold.


  • Afternoon snack to increase weight
  • Sensory Integration
  • Communication device
  • Switch activated toys/activities


Thomas’ goal for 2017 is to be happy! The big man of the house loves to sit up in his wheelchair and watch the world go by.


  • Sitting up in wheelchair
  • Less “junky”- more suctioning and nebulizers


Julie Baby’s goals for 2017 are to be more independent! She currently tells us when her huggie is wet so I think she’s ready to begin the process of being potty trained. Julie is also going to start going to an enrichment class with Caden and Cara and potentially start a school if we can find one that would work well for her!


  • Bearing weight
  • Preschool concepts
  • Dressing herself¬†
  • Potty Training

General Anchor Gold Goals

  • Oral hygiene
  • Bi-weekly ayah training
    • Feeding
    • Oral hygiene
    • PT
    • Helping children reach developmental milestones
  • Monthly ayah meeting
  • Get more kids sponsored

We’re so excited for everything 2017 holds! The beginning of the year always holds so much hope for what can come. In order to reach some of these goals we need some help.

  1. Purchase an item off our Amazon wishlist! This wishlist ships directly to us and has items that will help us.
  2. By helping us pay for Julie, Caden, and Cara’s enrichment class. We got a discount but it’s still $160/month for them to go. If you would like to help with this cost please email me at colleen at!
  3. By sponsoring a child! 9 of the 11 kids still need sponsors. Check out My Indian Family for more info about which children need monthly sponsors!