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Help America's Forsaken Foster Care Children!
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Nurses Week2020
Nurses Week2020

National Nurses Week Ended Last Week, a tribute to nurses that begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday. As a nurse, I am in awe of the critical role that nurses everywhere are playing at the frontline of the world health crisis. We could not do this without these amazing and dedicated heroes! Nurses' Week 2020 is unlike any other, not only because it takes place amid a pandemic. But also, we nurses find ourselves in more danger, a vulnerability our nursing profession has not experienced for over a century. Nurses know that patients and the public respect and honor nurses. Now, even more than ever, as they witness on numerous media streams: the courage, compassion, and dedication of nurses. 

Angels In Waiting would like to honor dedicated nurses who care for our medically fragile foster care population. Many Nurses work a 12-16 hour shift on the frontline, return home, and after disinfecting their bodies and tossing their scrubs into the washer. Cross the threshold of their home and continue to render nursing care to a sick child they genuinely love. Here is one account of the numerous nurses who go above and beyond the call of duty every day. 

"My name is Danielle Sneed, and I started my nursing career in 2007, where I worked in Home Health Services and Hospitals throughout the eight years of my career. Although I loved caring for my patients, I still felt a yearning to do something more rewarding. I discovered Angels In Waiting while online looking for a new employment opportunity. I immediately knew that becoming a nurse foster mom was something I was meant to do. Linda from Angels in 

Waiting was so helpful every step of the way. 

After I completed the program to become a Nurse-Foster Provider, a little Angel crossed the threshold into my home. 

Christopher was born 32 weeks premature weighing 5lbs due to the effects of his mother's mental illness and drug abuse problems with methamphetamines and marijuana while in the womb. Christopher diagnosed with Tuberous Sclerosis, a Cardiac Tumor, Vocal Cord Paralysis, Chronic Lung Disease, Continuous G-tube feeding, Oxygen, and prescribed over 13 medications.

Christopher had an uphill battle from the start, I knew it was a big challenge to take on, but I was ready for it. The moment I saw him, I fell in love, and the bond formed between us was almost immediate. 

Although Christopher has many health issues and learning disabilities, he made so many great strides and gains since birth that it truly becomes a miracle to nurture him. I was fortunate to be able to adopt Christopher and legally become his mother. He's been such a blessing to me and my family's life more than I could've ever imagined. I will always be grateful to Linda from Angels in Waiting and the EPSDT Program for allowing me to provide my son with the continuous nursing care he needs.

Sincerely,

Nurse Danielle Sneed", 

 

Angels In Waiting remains profoundly dedicated to the continual recruitment of nurses for the care of our Little Angels in waiting during this pandemic. We know all too well, being on the frontline, infants, children, and youths. Being so severely abused during our national lockdown crisis, that they become medically fragile at the hands of their caregivers! We Understand funds are tight, and our future is uncertain. Still, we nurses at Angels In Waiting need your support to recruit more Nurses like Danielle Sneed. Nurses to help care for, love, and adopt our growing medically fragile foster care population during our unprecedented 2020 Pandemic. Please donate what you can. 

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Christopher
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It’s so easy to get caught up in our busy lives with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, Black Friday, Christmas, and our New Years' resolutions. Life can come and go faster than the changing seasons. That's why it's essential to pause, reflect, and show gratitude for the blessings we have instilled into our lives. Thankfulness reveals the richness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, turmoil into order, and misunderstanding into forgiveness. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, and a stranger into a friend. Thankfulness makes sense of our past, brings peace into our souls, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Angels In Waiting's vision for tomorrow is to implement Angels In Waiting’s Nurse-Foster Providers throughout San Diego County.   Last week we received the below email from Amanda requesting help from Angels In Waiting... 

Hello Linda,

I am working on some community outreach strategies to expand our recruitment of nurses to become resource parents here in San Diego. We have a tremendous need. I want to ask permission to share information about your organization and your website with the nurses I meet with. I did see on there that your organization supports resource parent nurses from counties throughout California.  There is so much information on your site to support the nurses, and I’m reaching out for your help with nurse recruitment and retention.

Thank you,

Amanda XXX MSW, Recruitment Specialist

Foster and Adoptive Resource Family Services County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency, Child Welfare Services”

After a brief phone call with Amanda, we both created an earnest vision for the future of San Diego’s medically fragile foster care population. We are working together to effectively recruit and retain enough nurses to meet the tremendous need for matching-up San Diego’s nurses with their growing population of infants and children who require acute nursing care. Collectively, Amanda and Angels In Waiting will implement AIW’s Nurse-Foster Provider program and help save countless childhoods through the hearts and hands of nurses. Moreover, by executing California’s state law, Chapter #490 within San Diego County, our efforts will help San Diego’s Child Welfare Agency comply with California State Law, and The All County Letter issued by Social Services in 2016.

Chapter 490, California's state law, was created by Angels In Waiting. Please refer to our California state law, Chapter 490:   https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB1133

and the All-County Letter: https://www.angelsinwaitingusa.org/All%20County%20Letter16-117.pdf

A non-profit organization whose mission is to save lives is one of the best ways to donate your hard-earned money. Ranked highly by Global Giving, Angels In Waiting provides lifesaving medical and nursing care where it's needed, when abuse occurs, while our opioid epidemic spreads, and when family conflicts flare. We are California's nurses on the ground and in the trenches providing urgently needed medical treatments and nursing care for foster care infants and children in our own back yards. Angels In Waiting is now recruiting nurses to help San Diego's medically fragile foster care population to help them survive and thrive.

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AIW's Community Fund Raising Wellness Center
AIW's Community Fund Raising Wellness Center

Several months ago during Angels In Waiting’s Board of Directors meeting one of our directors, Henry Duarti RN, who also renders nursing care towards two medically fragile foster care angels, as one of AIW’s nurse providers. Henry voiced his concern about our building not being compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). His concern stemmed from AIW meeting ADA criteria, as well as the harsh fines associated with being ADA non-compliant. As a result of Henry’s well-presented ADA concern, AIW’s Board of Directors voted to seek an ADA compliant building to run AIW’s daily operations from. To our amusement and surprise our leasing company provided AIW with an ADA compliant building with double the space for practically the same rental price we were currently paying. Little did we know-the director of the leasing company was also a loyal supporter of Angels In Waiting on GlobalGiving!

Due to having more square footage than needed, our board decided to open up a “Fund Raising Center” for AIW’s Programs. Since we are “Nurses” we decided to open up a Community Wellness Center, to raise funds for our vital projects, bring wellness to our community, and create community awareness to AIW’s State Law, our nurses and the medically fragile infants and children they serve.

In the short three months we have been open; AIW’s Community Wellness Center has raised ample funds, and volunteers to cover our operating expenses. Furthermore, we have recruited several nurse-foster providers from the center, two psychotherapists for our nurse providers and the foster care children they serve, as well as numerous key members of our community, who are now dedicated and behind our noble cause of “ Creating Miracles Through the Hearts and Hands of Nurses! ”

AIW Community Wellness Center/ Fund Raising Center
AIW Community Wellness Center/ Fund Raising Center
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AIW Community Wellness Center Free BP Checks
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Sammy's One of the centers volunteers

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OUR FOSTER CARE PREEMIES NEED OUR HELP
OUR FOSTER CARE PREEMIES NEED OUR HELP

“Niño, if I could take you home I would!” Words lovingly and passionately uttered by Caroline, a NICU nurse on our unit. Her big eyes and even bigger heart were locked on a set of piercing crystal blue eyes and a crooked little grin. Niño a 24-week preemie boy who could melt even the most jaded hearts among seasoned nurses. Nino, an angel in waiting, hoping for a safe place to reside and thrive. Our NICU prayers and dreams for Nino were not uncommon. Wanting a loving home with parents who could protect and harbor him, read him bedtime stories, be his rock in a storm, and most of all love him to the moon and back, unconditionally and infinitely.  Sadly our dreams for Nino crashed in learning that our little angel in waiting was slated to go to an inferior institutional care facility for medically fragile infants and children. No safe haven No bedtime stories. No helping hands, No one to love him to the moon and back. 

Fast forward 15 years…Angels In Waiting, a 501©3 charity of nurses, created a California State law, giving nurses, “Priority Placement” with our state’s medically fragile foster care children and we are proud to boast our 90% adoption rate.

Within the last two years, I have been placing innumerable opioid-exposed little preemie angels, so I decided to “Step up” our nurse-foster recruitment to further address one of America’s biggest crisis facing our nation today.  America’s opioid epidemic is now a crisis. “Our” babies are hit hardest of all in this desperate and tragic epidemic…so innocently arriving in this world with their fragile status and highest needs for our devoted help. Your heartfelt donations are desperately needed to recruit more loving nurses for our growing population of opioid exposed Niño’s and Niña’s! 

Angels In Waiting’s nurse-foster provider program was recently spotlighted in an article by; The Chronicle of Social Change, an organization with a vision to have children and youth “Front and Center.” Shortly after this article went public, professors at West Coast University, a prestigious nursing university, reached out to Angels In Waiting to offer support, as well as work with our program to help with tackling America’s increasing opioid epidemic and possibly help us expand our program. Here is The Chronicle of Social Change feature story.

 Your kindhearted support and our strong plea for donations would be a profound gift for our opioid-exposed foster care babies. The team at Angels in Waiting is filled with gratitude and hope. Although our sorrow remains with our little angels battling debilitating opioid withdrawal, our hearts echo a resilient hope for every preterm angel that is waiting to be healed through the dedicated hands and hearts of our loyal nurse-foster providers as depicted in our featured article.

Please Donate Our Foster Care Children Need Help
Please Donate Our Foster Care Children Need Help

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AIW’s Short Background Story: Angels in Waiting was founded by National Nurse of the Year nominee, Linda West-Conforti RN, to address this dire need. After being alarmed by the number of meth-addicted babies coming through her local maternity ward. She fostered, then adopted three of those infants, and started the non-profit to match nurses as foster parents with medically fragile infants. The program has been an unqualified success, with 85% of the infants ending up as adopted, permanent members of the nurses' families. 

 Linda also helped implement a California state law: Chapter #490 making sure skilled nurses get "Priority Placement” with our growing medically fragile foster care population.  Our opioid epidemic has contributed significantly to an influx of medically fragile infants and children into our already burdened foster care system. 

 Sadly, Our medically fragile foster care population is an all-time record high! We need to recruit the nurses required to meet the high demand. Please help; we need donations for marketing for more nurses and private donors to help with AIW's awareness campaign, as well as our growing operational cost.  

 We are Grateful to Our GlobalGiving Donors On This Giving Tuesday!

Thanks to everyone who has donated to our GlobalGiving Campaigns. Please remember it is never too late to spread the word about AIW’s Giving Tuesday fundraising efforts. 

 Our wish for this Holiday season is to make sure all medically fragile infants and children get the help they need and find their way into the hearts and hands of dedicated nurses. Please keep our infants and children in your thoughts, prayers, and Share our fundraisers with the world! 

Please share this inspiring story, and/or donate to our incredible causes...

Premature Medically Fragile Infants in Foster Care Campaign:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-americas-premature-foster-care-infants/

Medically Fragile Foster Care Children:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-americas-forsaken-foster-care-children/

 Special Needs Foster Care Infants & Children:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-americas-special-needs-and-autistic-infants/

AIW's Saving Our Viable 24-week Preemies Campaign:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/saving-viable-24-week-preemies 

GlobalGiving Donors Are You Shopping On-Line This Holiday Season?  Please consider Angels In Waiting's Amazon Smile link:

 http://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-3675175

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Location: Blue Jay, CA - USA
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