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May 23, 2009

Thank You for Making a Difference in the Life of a Special Needs Child!

The faces of children your donations have helped.
The faces of children your donations have helped.

Today we are looking at many more families who have children on the autism spectrum. The statistic show that 1 out of 150 are on the spectrum. There are new bills being proposed as we speak to congress and the senate to help families with obtaining the very needed services for their child. Through Global Giving it is our goal to be able to provide some of the very needed services to families who are not able to afford them now, and the insurance companies have not yet recognized the special services that are vital treatment for these children. Families are looking daily for services that are affordable and valuable to help them reach their child and to be able to communicate with them. They want their children to be able to function in the normal world and through the donations that are received, families will be able to come to programs like RDI (relationship development integration) that has proven success in reaching these children and helping them learn about why it is important to do the common daily tasks asked of them each day. Training for this program is costly, and through the donations people like you can help these children get the help they need. Donations will help send more professionals to the RDI training which will allow more families to learn about these viable services for their child. Your donations will also allow training professionals in the field of autism to work one-on-one with the children. Let's help these children who need to have a childhood filled with happy, and fun memories. Thank you for you continued support.

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Mar 4, 2009

An Extraordinary Nurse Versus An Ordinary Nurse

A NOTE FROM GLOBALGIVING:

This is the second in a series of snapshots about project leader Linda Conforti and her organization Angels in Waiting.

Thank you for your continued support of Linda and her tireless dedication to improving the lives of America’s foster children. We ask you to contribute again today! Feel free to tell your friends about Linda and her incredible work!

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An Extraordinary Nurse Versus An Ordinary Nurse

Linda Conforti has been a neonatal and pediatric intensive care nurse for over 25 years. Over her career she has noticed an alarming increase of methamphetamine use among pregnant women, resulting in infants being born prematurely. Sadly, many birth mothers abandon their babies who are fighting for their lives in neonatal intensive care units across the country.

In 2005, Linda decided that she was going to become the voice for these souls and recruit nurses to take them into their homes, heal them, adopt them, or find adoptive homes for them.

“In high school I took a course … called medical occupations,” says Linda. “There was a nurse who taught that class. She inspired me to become an extraordinary nurse versus an ordinary nurse.”

Linda established Angels in Waiting with the goal to pair compassionate, capable, and trained nurses with medically fragile foster care infants and children and provide them with a loving, safe, and nurturing environment.

Feb 18, 2009

Caring for Nomads from the Canadian Wilderness to the Beaches of California

A NOTE FROM GLOBAL GIVING: Please welcome Linda Conforti. She is a new project leader here at GlobalGiving and over the past few weeks we have had the opportunity to get to know her and the great work she does for her organization Angels in Waiting.

Periodically over the next two months we will be sending you snapshots about Linda’s life and work. We encourage your feedback about this new form of project update so that we can provide you with the most interesting and relevant information possible about the projects and causes you support.

We thank you for your contributions to ask you to please donate again now to Linda and Angels in Waiting! Feel free to tell your friends about Linda and her incredible work!

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Linda Conforti grew up on the frozen tundra of Labrador, Canada, the daughter of a military family. As a child, she witnessed the migration of caribou, wolves, and the nomad Indians called Eskimos by the people in her town. On winter days when the temperature measured 50 degrees below zero, Linda watched the nomad Indians pass through the military base in search of food. Linda remembers her mother putting out canned food and fretting when she forgot to place a can opener with her offering.

Linda has never forgotten the sight of the procession of families with young children, wild dogs, sleds, carrying bags full of clothing made of the pelts of harbor seals, muskrat, and bear. “I was stunned on how any human could live in this harsh existence, let alone migrate with the caribou and the wolves toe in toe,” says Linda.

Although Linda now lives in Southern California, a world away from the nomad Indians traveling to survive in forsaken climates, she has found a new nomad culture that needs her help – America’s infants and children in foster care. “These children also have to survive in harsh and brutal conditions,” says Linda. Her organization Angels in Waiting works to place medically fragile foster children with trained nurses who can provide them a loving, safe, and nurturing home environment.

 
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