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.
Jul 7, 2014

GIVING EXCELLENCE MEANING

Linda AIW
Linda AIW's Founder receiving her Excellence Award

Through public recognition and awareness, Angels In Waiting and our Nurse Foster Program can make a bigger impact in the welfare of medically fragile foster care children.   While compiling this report, I chose to go behind the scenes and touch on the power and passion of one nurse and what that dynamism has been able to accomplish.  Linda West-Conforti, RN and founder of Angels In Waiting, was honored for her unique nursing accomplishments at the 2014 Nursing Excellence GEM Awards - Giving Excellence Meaning.   Linda was one of the Regional Finalist in the Volunteerism and Service group and later was nominated as a finalist for the National Nurse of the Year Award.   Public recognition of nursing excellence has been an important part of the acknowledgement of nurses an a profession, which has added to the flight of Angels In Waiting in networking and recruiting more nurses.   Linda has watched her dream unfold over the past seven years and now has more than 50 nurses who have joined Angels In Waiting and many other states interested in her program.  

As quoted by Linda during her acceptance speech:  “Because of the dedication and commitment of nurse foster parents, many of the foster care children are in healthy, permanent homes and well on their way to a more promising future."  This could not be more apparent then in Linda’s adopted, medically fragile child, Sammy.  Sammy is now 11 years old and was recognized this year at his school an award for being a Conflict Manager - helping address conflicts on the playground.   After many situations on the playground, Sammy intervened to stop “bullying,” and when a position as Conflict Manager came available, Sammy made an appointment with the principal to apply.   Also this year, he was also awarded a certificate for “Caring."  Sammy’s full story is available on Angels In Waiting website: http://www.angelsinwaitingusa.org/sammy.php

I’d like to end this report by saying, without the loving care of a qualified nurse, many of these unfortunate infants and children would not be given the chance to be an award-winning child through their schools or have someone there to take pictures, post them on facebook and give the child a chance to feel “proud."   Angels In Waiting and their nurses give a child the home, love and opportunity they so deserve.  

 

“Even the most fragile infants and children when given a chance can become something very special in this world.”   Sammy wants to be President one day and you know what, I think he will.

 

A special thanks goes to our Global Supporters who gives Angels In Waiting the necessary support to network, document and recruit nurses.  Many of our nurses adopt the children they take care of, and so Angels In Waiting is continually recruiting more nurses.  We at Angels In Waiting say: “job well done”!  Thank you Globalgiving.

 

Written by Volunteer Manager of Angels In Waiting, Nancy Van Buskirk

Sammy getting a Conflict Manager & Character Award
Sammy getting a Conflict Manager & Character Award

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Apr 1, 2014

Krislynn, A JOY To Our Angels In Waiting Family!"

Krislynn Has Found Her Forever Family With Amy!
Krislynn Has Found Her Forever Family With Amy!

 

Angels In Waiting is greatly honored to draw attention to a young life that had its beginnings in the tragedy of entering into our heavily burden foster care system. Thanks to one of our Nurse-Foster Providers Amy, this precious soul is now engulfed in a life that has evolved into joy, determination and strength.  When a congenital malformation occurs in an unborn baby, at times their tiny but powerful spirits will rise up to heal their imperfections and make them whole.  The powers of spirit, and let’s not forget prayer, helped transform Krislynn Joy.  She is a heroic little girl who has transcended and is overcoming her inherited physical disabilities.

Krislynn entered this world as a ward of the state, AKA a foster care newborn.  She was one of many innocent medically fragile newborns entering into our foster care system.   She had hydrocephalus, spina bifida and a severely cleft palate.  She was also drug-exposed.  Amy is a gallant, dedicated nurse, with intensive care pediatric experience and the dedication necessary to take a medically fragile infant across the threshold of her front door and into her love-filled home.   Nurse-foster mommy Amy began the noble task of helping Krislynn heal (body, mind and spirit) and instilling in her mind the security of having no physicals limitations.  This installation stifled her inherited disabilities, empowered her abilities and enabled her mind to aid her body in the healing process.  Krislynn underwent several surgeries in her first year of life---on her spine, her brain, and to place a feeding tube in her belly.  At 11 months old, a successful operation healed the cleft palate and gave her the potential to sing her song (and eat food by mouth)! 

The most long-term aspect of Krislynn's condition is the Spina Bifida, or the split spine condition that had caused her paralysis.  When Amy was considering adopting Krislynn, her neurosurgeon was firm: “I want you to know that I don’t think she will be mobile”.  Krislynn has gone from complete immobility to being able to move her arms and legs freely as she crawls.    She can climb the staircase leading up to a slide, and she is now STANDING while she plays at her water table in the backyard!  There is great hope for an eventual surgical repair for Krislynn’s split spine aberration.  Spinal surgery techniques become more sophisticated every year, and her condition will undoubtedly be repairable within the near future.  

Despite already taking care of four children, her exceptional dedicated nurse has given Krislynn a forever home.  She was legally adopted on Valentine’s Day, 2014.  People often comment on how “nice” it is that she would open her home up to a disabled orphan, but Amy just smiles and says, “She truly is a JOY to our family!”

AMY & Krislynn
AMY & Krislynn
Apr 1, 2014

Krislynn A JOY To Our Angels In Waiting Family!"

AMY & Krislynn
AMY & Krislynn

 

Angels In Waiting is greatly honored to draw attention to a young life that had its beginnings in the tragedy of entering into our heavily burden foster care system. Thanks to one of our Nurse-Foster Providers Amy, this precious soul is now engulfed in a life that has evolved into joy, determination and strength.  When a congenital malformation occurs in an unborn baby, at times their tiny but powerful spirits will rise up to heal their imperfections and make them whole.  The powers of spirit, and let’s not forget prayer, helped transform Krislynn Joy.  She is a heroic little girl who has transcended and is overcoming her inherited physical disabilities.

Krislynn entered this world as a ward of the state, AKA a foster care newborn.  She was one of many innocent medically fragile newborns entering into our foster care system.   She had hydrocephalus, spina bifida and a severely cleft palate.  She was also drug-exposed.  Amy is a gallant, dedicated nurse, with intensive care pediatric experience and the dedication necessary to take a medically fragile infant across the threshold of her front door and into her love-filled home.   Nurse-foster mommy Amy began the noble task of helping Krislynn heal (body, mind and spirit) and instilling in her mind the security of having no physicals limitations.  This installation stifled her inherited disabilities, empowered her abilities and enabled her mind to aid her body in the healing process.  Krislynn underwent several surgeries in her first year of life---on her spine, her brain, and to place a feeding tube in her belly.  At 11 months old, a successful operation healed the cleft palate and gave her the potential to sing her song (and eat food by mouth)! 

The most long-term aspect of Krislynn's condition is the Spina Bifida, or the split spine condition that had caused her paralysis.  When Amy was considering adopting Krislynn, her neurosurgeon was firm: “I want you to know that I don’t think she will be mobile”.  Krislynn has gone from complete immobility to being able to move her arms and legs freely as she crawls.    She can climb the staircase leading up to a slide, and she is now STANDING while she plays at her water table in the backyard!  There is great hope for an eventual surgical repair for Krislynn’s split spine aberration.  Spinal surgery techniques become more sophisticated every year, and her condition will undoubtedly be repairable within the near future.  

Despite already taking care of four children, her exceptional dedicated nurse has given Krislynn a forever home.  She was legally adopted on Valentine’s Day, 2014.  People often comment on how “nice” it is that she would open her home up to a disabled orphan, but Amy just smiles and says, “She truly is a JOY to our family!”

Krislynn Has Found Her Forever Family With Amy!
Krislynn Has Found Her Forever Family With Amy!

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