Angels In Waiting

AIW is dedicated to recruiting qualified nurses to provide loving homes, nursing care, and other needed services for medically fragile foster care infants and children. We help facilitate the child's move from hospitals, group homes and institutions into private residences under the care of Registered and Licensed Vocational Nurses as their foster parents. We provide two essential ingredients for these children to heal - loving home environments and individualized nursing care.
Dec 19, 2011

The children who cling to The Spirit of Christmas Present

All Proceeds Go Towards Angels In Waiting
All Proceeds Go Towards Angels In Waiting

By Tim Arnold

Angels In Waiting is now soaring through the winter holiday season and approaching the winter solstice, when the sun is reborn.  It is a time to recall that this titanic "Heart Of Fire" is born again each year and continues to radiate the warmth and illumination that make life possible.  It is the true savior of humanity, sacrificing its essence so that human race can perpetuate itself and thrive.  This solar force gives each individual the great expectation of being reborn with the sun and rekindling his or her own heart of fire.  

This is, of course, the Dickensian time of the year.  Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" has become the archetypal fable for the holiday season; a great morality play that casts a dark light on the usurious character, Ebenezer Schrooge, and on the penurious plight of unwanted children.  "This covetous, old sinner" only existed to extort usurious interest from the destitute upon whom he preyed.  Marley, his partner, only came to realize after death that "mankind was my business."  Vulturous money lenders like Schrooge were as numerous as old gin bottles in nineteenth century England, and they created usury addicts just like opium suppliers created laudanum addicts.  As a youth, Dickens himself had been victimized by this loan shark horror.  He was compelled to work seventy hour weeks in a boot black factory until he could buy his family out of debtors' prison. Characters such as Oliver Twist and David Copperfield were based upon these experiences.   Additionally, the opium addicts spawned the premature, opium addicted infants.  These are the children who cling to The Spirit of Christmas Present for protection because "humanity will not have them." 

 This nineteenth century dystopian horror is not dissimilar to our dehumanized twenty-first century in which toxic drug usage has proliferated and drug-addicted infants have increased like the interest on Schrooge's loans.  In truth, the usurious banking system of our modern world is exponentially more horrific than Schrooge's quaint, little shop of extortion.  Today's banks can lend out twenty times their assets, making credit addicts out of myriad more desperate people, who pay enormous quantities of interest on "money" that doesn't even exist. Usury originally meant charging any interest on money. Schrooge means literally "to squeeze," and these contemporary Schrooges have squeezed humanity to the point of desiccation.  One percent of the interest collected by banks on phantom "money" could easily, fully fund all the humanitarian organizations in the world.  Perhaps these modern money lenders might look to their souls before it is too late.  Possibly their next incarnations might be as drug-addicted infants.  

In the meantime, Angels In Waiting is looking toward a large, federal grant fund to carry on Its Spirit Of Christmas Present work.  The grant is focused on reducing medical costs incurred by the government.  Innovative programs are being sought after in order to diminish the horrendous impact of medical costs and the abominable health of a very significant percentage of the populace.   In order to work toward creating solutions to this financial and physical dilemma, Angels In Waiting’s founder has created a cognate organization called Nurses For Safer Access, which is dedicated to using herbal decoctions to decrease the usage of potentially dangerous synthetic drugs.  These drugs can have a gamut of adverse effects that potent herbal extracts can ameliorate.  In this manner, the expense of treating a wide range of disorders can be significantly diminished, and individuals can gradually reduce the need for synthetic drugs.  

The UCLA Medical Center is sponsoring Angels In Waiting in its efforts to restore methamphetamine and heroin addicted medically fragile infants and children to health and is working diligently with AIW to garner a significant share of this federal grant money.  It is a very revealing comment on the culture of the United States that more funds will be paid to keep a person imprisoned than to restore the heath of a drug impacted infant.  

We should take quite seriously the prophetic statement of The Spirit Of Christmas Present when he warns mankind to beware of the children clinging to his robes because they are "want and ignorance."  A society where children grow up in extreme want and ignorance is a society that is precariously close to the black sun of oblivion. 

 

TIMOTHEUS BIOGRAPHY

Timotheus has a background in theater and has been a professional actor and singer who has also written for the theater.  He has composed a diverse array of articles, short stories and a novel.  

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Sep 5, 2011

AN ANGEL FLIES INTO ACTION

Like most mothers of a toddler, when Linda West plays with her adopted daughter, she models behavior, such as how to catch a ball, mixing instruction with congratulatory hugs and praise.

But there is nothing ordinary about their relationship. Three years ago, the four-month old preemie baby, a victim of her birth mother’s methamphetamine binges, became a ward of the state due to her mothers drug addiction and after the local authorities became concerned for the infants safety after learning her mother has a history of allegedly trying to sell her newly born infants in parking lots and off of the internet.

Thanks to the nonprofit Angels In Waiting, this little girl and other “medically fragile” foster children receive a chance to overcome physical and developmental obstacles in an unusual, government-approved placement arrangement. At-risk babies go home to the comforting and knowledgeable arms of licensed vocational or registered nurses like West, who are registered foster care providers and paid for their care-giving through Medicaid.

Just as a methamphetamine epidemic among young women is creating an ever-increasing number of fragile newborns in need of care, donations to Angels dropped by half during the recession, clipping West’s efforts to recruit other nurse care-givers.

Now, West is trying a different tack to help salvage her passion with another charity, Laguna Beach-based Nurses for Safer Access, 1968 S. Coast Highway. The storefront, which opens Sept. 7, will offer botanically-based health supplements to be distributed to customers under the supervision of a registered nurse where appropriate.

West sought natural remedies as substitutes for some of the myriad pharmaceuticals with their side effects prescribed for her own medically fragile children. The alternatives provided great results.

Now, West hopes to both raise funds for AIW and promote the use of herbal remedies with Nurses for Safer Access. Her 20-year-old nephew, local resident Blake Chapman, has joined her in launching the nonprofit to distribute herbs, nutritional supplements, vitamins, and teas costing from $6 to $100, which are largely unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration, including high potency supplements that are only sold to health care providers.

 

West and Chapman don’t wish aim to provide safer access to Eastern-style remedies where practicable. “I have no problem integrating Western and Eastern medicine as a nurse,” she said.

Currently, West’s Angels number 45 nurses, mostly in Southern California. They operate independently and have obtained credentials to provide in-home care to medically fragile foster children, an alternative to discharging tiny patients from ICUs to nursing institutions or group homes. So far they have cared for about 110 babies.

According to Terry Lynn Fisher, spokeswoman for Orange County’s Social Services Agency, even though the agency’s goal is to keep children with their birth parents whenever possible, they always have a need for more foster parents qualified and willing to care for medically fragile and disabled children.

Care by a single individual rather than a rotating staff fulfills a child’s need to bond, said consultant Jackie Peebles, also of Lake Arrowhead, an early intervention specialist, who established Special Discoveries Educational Services, Inc. in 2002. Infants deprived of nurturing may fail to thrive and face developmental challenges, she said.

For autistic children and drug-exposed babies, early and meaningful intervention will decrease negative behavior and increase developmental milestones, said Peebles, who works with AIW nurses. “We are able to mitigate a lot of the severe problems that these children have.”

Working in hospitals in San Bernardino County where meth addiction has soared, West and other nurses were frustrated that their work schedules didn’t allow time to hold and comfort the compromised infants. The mantra, “if only I could take you home…” was often wistfully uttered. Then West thought, why not? Why can’t we take them home?

Determined to find a solution, she unearthed a Medicaid program called “In Home Operations” created in 1967 so that infants would not be institutionalized. West figured out the process that allows licensed nurses to become credentialed as foster-care providers for medically fragile children and bill Medi-Cal for their nursing. She founded Angels In Waiting in 2005 to promote the concept.

Ninety percent of AIW-recruited nurses adopt, partly because they become so attached to their children and sometimes in part because they may have reservations about the quality of care they’ll receive in other homes, West said. Foster parents for medically fragile children receive a monthly stipend of $1,200 from California Children’s Services.

“Once they call you ‘mommy,’ it’s all over,” said West, who lives in Lake Arrowhead, with her daughter and her new brother Sammy, now 8, another meth micro preemie who West adopted at 22 months.

Nurses for Safer Access will initially be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week and can be contacted at 949 715-7757.

Sep 5, 2011

AN ANGEL FLIES INTO ACTION

Nurses For Safer Access
Nurses For Safer Access

Like most mothers of a toddler, when Linda West plays with her adopted daughter, she models behavior, such as how to catch a ball, mixing instruction with congratulatory hugs and praise.

But there is nothing ordinary about their relationship. Three years ago, the four-month old preemie baby, a victim of her birth mother’s methamphetamine binges, became a ward of the state due to her mothers drug addiction. Shortly after, the local authorities became concerned for the infants safety after learning her mother has a history of allegedly trying to sell her newly born infants in parking lots and off of the internet.

Thanks to the nonprofit Angels In Waiting, this little girl and other “medically fragile” foster children receive a chance to overcome physical and developmental obstacles in an unusual, government-approved placement arrangement. At-risk babies go home to the comforting and knowledgeable arms of licensed vocational or registered nurses like West, who are registered foster care providers and paid for their care-giving through Medicaid.

Just as a methamphetamine epidemic among young women is creating an ever-increasing number of fragile newborns in need of care, donations to Angels dropped by half during the recession, clipping West’s efforts to recruit other nurse care-givers.

Now, West is trying a different tack to help salvage her passion, with another charity, Laguna Beach-based Nurses for Safer Access, 1968 S. Coast Highway. The storefront, which opens Sept. 7, will offer botanically-based health supplements to be distributed to customers under the supervision of a registered nurse where appropriate.

West sought natural remedies as substitutes for some of the myriad pharmaceuticals with their side effects prescribed for her own medically fragile children. The alternatives provided great results.

Now, West hopes to both raise funds for AIW and promote the use of herbal remedies with Nurses for Safer Access. Her 20-year-old nephew, local resident Blake Chapman, has joined her in launching the nonprofit to distribute herbs, nutritional supplements, vitamins, and teas costing from $6 to $100, which are largely unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration, including high potency supplements that are only sold to health care providers.

 

West and Chapman don’t wish aim to provide safer access to Eastern-style remedies where practicable. “I have no problem integrating Western and Eastern medicine as a nurse,” she said.

Currently, West’s Angels number 45 nurses, mostly in Southern California. They operate independently and have obtained credentials to provide in-home care to medically fragile foster children, an alternative to discharging tiny patients from ICUs to nursing institutions or group homes. So far they have cared for about 110 babies.

According to Terry Lynn Fisher, spokeswoman for Orange County’s Social Services Agency, even though the agency’s goal is to keep children with their birth parents whenever possible, they always have a need for more foster parents qualified and willing to care for medically fragile and disabled children.

Care by a single individual rather than a rotating staff fulfills a child’s need to bond, said consultant Jackie Peebles, also of Lake Arrowhead, an early intervention specialist, who established Special Discoveries Educational Services, Inc. in 2002. Infants deprived of nurturing may fail to thrive and face developmental challenges, she said.

For autistic children and drug-exposed babies, early and meaningful intervention will decrease negative behavior and increase developmental milestones, said Peebles, who works with AIW nurses. “We are able to mitigate a lot of the severe problems that these children have.”

Working in hospitals in San Bernardino County where meth addiction has soared, West and other nurses were frustrated that their work schedules didn’t allow time to hold and comfort the compromised infants. The mantra, “if only I could take you home…” was often wistfully uttered. Then West thought, why not? Why can’t we take them home?

Determined to find a solution, she unearthed a Medicaid program called “In Home Operations” created in 1967 so that infants would not be institutionalized. West figured out the process that allows licensed nurses to become credentialed as foster-care providers for medically fragile children and bill Medi-Cal for their nursing. She founded Angels In Waiting in 2005 to promote the concept.

Ninety percent of AIW-recruited nurses adopt, partly because they become so attached to their children and sometimes in part because they may have reservations about the quality of care they’ll receive in other homes, West said. Foster parents for medically fragile children receive a monthly stipend of $1,200 from California Children’s Services.

“Once they call you ‘mommy,’ it’s all over,” said West, who lives in Lake Arrowhead, with her daughter and her new brother Sammy, now 8, another meth micro preemie who West adopted at 22 months.

Nurses for Safer Access will initially be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week and can be contacted at 949 715-7757

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