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 4, 2015

AIW Working to End Child Sex Trafficking

Honorable Karen Bass and AIW Founder Linda West
Honorable Karen Bass and AIW Founder Linda West

Angels in Waiting (AIW) is Working to End Child Sex Trafficking

Every year, in Los Angeles alone, at least 120 minors are sold into sex trafficking and the number of unreported child victims is likely much higher. Eighty percent of these youth are foster children. With few community and familial resources, these minors are often lured into the trade by trafficker’s deceptive offers of emotional and financial support—the lack of a stable and safe home makes these children vulnerable to the trafficker’s grasp. Once forced into the sex trade, children face violence on a daily basis and too many have been the victims of murder. Unfortunately the problem is systemic; often girls are recruited from group foster facilities by other foster kids on behalf of sex traffickers. Child welfare agencies throughout Los Angeles are diligently coordinating to provide innovative preventative and rehabilitative services to at-risk and rescued sex trafficked youth, but they need our help.

At a town hall meeting on November 21, 2015 AIW came together with local foster advocacy groups and government officials—including the Honorable Congressmember Karen Bass— to address this issue as a community. When asked to speak, our founder Linda West-Conforti, RN highlighted the ability of nurses to work against child sex trafficking if only the law (Title 22) was amended to include nurses as foster care providers of at-risk youth. With over 300,000 nurses in California alone, AIW could play an enormous role in bringing at-risk foster children into the hearts and homes of nurses. Nurse foster parents are skilled, comprehensive caregivers that can provide loving and supportive home environments. A stable home and supportive childhood is the best defense in preventing sex traffickers from preying on our children. The Honorable Karen Bass immediately agreed that nurses have great potential in providing stability and safety to this vulnerable population.

AIW is now beginning the process of working with Karen Bass’ office to change Title 22 so that nurses all over the country can be first responders in providing homes for foster youth threatened by sex trafficking. With your support, we will grow our administrative and strategic efforts in order to make change in the law as soon as possible—these youth are growing up in life threatening circumstances and can’t wait.

Your donation will allow us to be more effective and swift in laying the ground work for impacting the law. In 2005, AIW changed California law in order to give nurses priority consideration in the placement of medically fragile foster infants and children. Your support will enable nurses to lovingly serve this equally vulnerable population of children. Thank you for protecting and saving the lives and childhoods of foster youth through your support of AIW!

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The Honorable Karen Bass and AIW Founder Linda West-Conforti, RN at the ‘Foster Youth and the Link to Sex Trafficking’ town hall meeting in Los Angeles 11/21/15.

Nov 10, 2015

Kids seek homes for the holidays

Kids seek homes for the holidays
This year, tens of thousands of foster children in California will face the holidays in hopeful anticipation of a foster or adoptive parent. The holidays are an emotionally taxing time for these children who have lost their biological parents as well as the comfort and security of home. Without a foster or adoptive parent, foster kids can expect to spend the holiday season with other children in a group facility. Angels in Waiting’s goal is to find foster children homes for the holidays so they can experience what every child deserves: the warmth, love and kindness of the holiday season. We will feature children in need of holiday homes over the course of the season. While our ultimate goal is to find holiday homes that can turn into forever homes for these beautiful children—for those unable to foster, your generous donation to Angels in Waiting (AIW) will help us locate foster parents for our holiday angels.
Introducing Octavia, Omega and Omari~

Octavia, born in 2007 is a very girlie girl. She enjoys playing with dolls, coloring and princesses. She also likes watching television, and playing with her brothers. Octavia likes the outdoors and enjoys going to school. She gets along well with other children, and is easily redirected when her behavior calls for it. She has good eating habits and enjoys attention. Omega, born in 2008 is a little boy with a lot of energy. He enjoys playing with his siblings, playing outside, and with toy cars. Omega also enjoys watching television and playing video games. He has good eating habits and eats everything! Omega does have medical necessities and is currently in treatment for sickle cell anemia. He is very playful and loves to laugh. Omari, born in 2010 is the epitome of boy! He likes playing all sorts of sports and games especially outdoors. He enjoys playing with his brother and sister and other children his age. He is known to be a very curious and alert child. He has a good appetite and lots of energy. Octavia, Omega, and Omari are sweet children who are in need of a loving and nurturing home. They are a joy to be around and would be a wonderful addition to a family. Local families preferred. Go to http://heartgalleryla.org/ or call 1-888-811-1121 to foster these children.


If you are unable to foster, please consider making a donation to AIW. Your donation will support the operating costs necessary to find a home for these beautiful children to enjoy the holidays together. Currently Octavia, Omega and Omari face the possibility of being placed in separate homes. Because of Omega’s treatable medical needs, it may be harder to find a family that will care for him and his two siblings. Separation is a blow these siblings simply should not have to experience, especially during the holidays. Thank you for your consideration in fostering or spreading the word about these kids and thank you for making a donation to support the work of AIW, which will enable more foster children in California to find loving homes for the holidays.

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Nov 10, 2015

Kids seek homes for the holidays

Three Little Angels In Waiting...
Three Little Angels In Waiting...

Kids seek homes for the holidays
This year, tens of thousands of foster children in California will face the holidays in hopeful anticipation of a foster or adoptive parent. The holidays are an emotionally taxing time for these children who have lost their biological parents as well as the comfort and security of home. Without a foster or adoptive parent, foster kids can expect to spend the holiday season with other children in a group facility. Angels in Waiting’s goal is to find foster children homes for the holidays so they can experience what every child deserves: the warmth, love and kindness of the holiday season. We will feature children in need of holiday homes over the course of the season. While our ultimate goal is to find holiday homes that can turn into forever homes for these beautiful children—for those unable to foster, your generous donation to Angels in Waiting (AIW) will help us locate foster parents for our holiday angels. Introducing Octavia, Omega and Omari~

Octavia, born in 2007 is a very girlie girl. She enjoys playing with dolls, coloring and princesses. She also likes watching television, and playing with her brothers. Octavia likes the outdoors and enjoys going to school. She gets along well with other children, and is easily redirected when her behavior calls for it. She has good eating habits and enjoys attention. Omega, born in 2008 is a little boy with a lot of energy. He enjoys playing with his siblings, playing outside, and with toy cars. Omega also enjoys watching television and playing video games. He has good eating habits and eats everything! Omega does have medical necessities and is currently in treatment for sickle cell anemia. He is very playful and loves to laugh. Omari, born in 2010 is the epitome of boy! He likes playing all sorts of sports and games especially outdoors. He enjoys playing with his brother and sister and other children his age. He is known to be a very curious and alert child. He has a good appetite and lots of energy. Octavia, Omega, and Omari are sweet children who are in need of a loving and nurturing home. They are a joy to be around and would be a wonderful addition to a family. Local families preferred. Go to http://heartgalleryla.org/ or call 1-888-811-1121 to foster these children.


If you are unable to foster, please consider making a donation to AIW. Your donation will support the operating costs necessary to find a home for these beautiful children to enjoy the holidays together. Currently Octavia, Omega and Omari face the possibility of being placed in separate homes. Because of Omega’s treatable medical needs, it may be harder to find a family that will care for him and his two siblings. Separation is a blow these siblings simply should not have to experience, especially during the holidays. Thank you for your consideration in fostering or spreading the word about these kids and thank you for making a donation to support the work of AIW, which will enable more foster children in California to find loving homes for the holidays.

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