Help America's Forsaken Foster Care Children!

by Angels In Waiting
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Help America's Forsaken Foster Care Children!
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Lavender
Lavender

My name is Lavender, and no one expected me to be alive.

A Sad Bah Humbug Start, Huh?

I was born in a tent on the side of a city street to my mom, who was homeless. Mom probably didn't know how to care for me or just couldn't. I desperately needed medical attention, but I had to lie in the tent for 10 hours before another homeless person who cared found me and took me to the hospital.

Joy To The World!

Now the doctors could fix me up, and I'd be A-OK.

Ha! I Wish, But The Grinch Had Other Plans.

Half my brain and one kidney had died due to my lack of oxygen. Doctors put me on life support, and, at some point, not having too much faith in me, the hospital staff decided to remove my breathing tube. That should have been the end of me. But, God had faith and hope for me - I did not need their ventilator- I kept breathing on my own!

Four months later, while I am lying there, needing a home. Linda, the founder of Angels In Waiting, was telling her nurse friend Julie and her husband Morgan, both outstanding resource foster parents, about me. 

Linda had previously inspired the couple to become foster parents by showing them, up close and personal, the positive impact loving parents can have on abused and neglected foster care children- like me.

Being a NICU nurse, Julie understood the type of intensive care I would need once I left the hospital. Immediately, both my new Nurse-Mommy and Morgan wanted to help me and give me a home. The doctors wanted them to know the odds were stacked against me. But, they did not care about my low odds and took me in any-way! Knowing, I needed their Love and Nurse Julie's impeccable nursing skills. They explained to my new found family that I would probably not have a normal life. At the very least, I needed 12 hours of dialysis daily and would need to be tube-fed. They also thought I wouldn't be able to communicate due to visual and hearing impairments, and I'd be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. Blah, Blah, Blah -Insert Eye Roll.

 Gosh. The Halls Were Deck Against Me.

Julie and Morgan had a huge decision to make. They discussed it with their two teenage boys, and Hallelujah, they all decided that they wanted me to join their family -FOREVER!

Life Started Looking Merrier.

Julie contacted Olive Crest, their foster agency, and said, "our house is ready, and we're interested in caring for this kiddo. Can you please help us?"

And they did! With help from Olive Crest and a week of training on the dialysis I would need, Julie and Morgan took me across the threshold into their home and, shortly after, into their hearts.

2 ½ Years And A Blessing Later

You're not going to believe this. I have surpassed everyone's expectations! I received a kidney transplant after being on dialysis since birth. Mom says my resilience and my sparkling smile is impressive! I can now bear weight on my legs, sit up on my own, and communicate through sounds and sign language. How are those odds for you? I'm blessed, happy, and I laugh a lot.

Mom and dad have adopted me, and I'm super thrilled because I can't imagine where my life would without them! Mom keeps saying, I am a blessing, and that giving me a loving home has changed their lives. I hope that one day, I will tell them that they are my biggest blessing too -you just wait and see!

I'll need medical care for the rest of my life, but I will continue to defy my odds. I'm a fighter. I'm a survivor, and my Angels In Waiting family has helped me thrive. 

Make It A Giving Christmas And Help An Angel In Need.

I'm not alone. Many infants and children like me are waiting for a Nurse-Foster family to discover, love, and save them. I know Auntie Linda and her incredible team of nurses take care of many kids like me, but they need your help. This Christmas, please help them by donating to the Angels In Waiting on GlobalGiving. So more infants and children can tell their miracle stories and heal through the hearts and hands of our dedicated nurses.

 

BTW: Tell Aunt Linda -Lavender sent you.

xoxo - Lavender

Against all odds
Against all odds
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Matthew
Matthew

While it may seem like the world is in chaos this year, the critical work to save America's Foster Care Infants and Children has not (and cannot) stop.

This is a challenging time, financially and emotionally, for everyone—but every single gift helps end heartbreaking situations of child cruelty and neglect. 

 Your generosity towards GivingTuesday and throughout the holiday season ensures that we will fight to protect all foster care infants and children will continue, no matter what lies ahead.

 Medically fragile Foster Care Children are harder to place with the average foster parent. They are often left alone in hospitals and institutions and become the "forgotten souls of our society." Let's not allow this to be their story. They are Matthew, Dick, Stacy, Faith, Jeremiah...they are our little angels in waiting. 

We recruit nurses to provide consistent care to save our most vulnerable infants and children by changing State laws, providing in-home nursing care, and eliminating long-term Foster Care placements. Our Nurse-Resource-Adopt Program offers the ideal start to a happy and healthy childhood. Join us and help a child -

How Can You Help?

  1. Please donate your hard-earned money directly to GlobalGiving and our cause.

      2. Are you shopping on Amazon this holiday season?

Did you know that if you turn on AmazonSmile while shopping online and choose Angels In Waiting Charity, Amazon will donate to our charity at no cost to you? Yup!
 1. TURN ON AmazonSmile when you sign in to shop. 2. Shop as you would normally. 3. Be happy- you've helped angels in waiting. 

We have so much to be thankful for! We have found awesome  nurse-foster parents who have opened their hearts and home to our angels. We've also been blessed by the supporters  like you, who donate, give of their time and resources to help us save the babies, infants and children who come into our care. Thank you!!

Nurse Linda
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Saving The Ones We Can
Saving The Ones We Can

Since its inception in 2005, Angels in Waiting has steadfastly been fulfilling its mandate of recruiting skilled nurses to foster and adopt severely sick or traumatized foster children, known as 'medically fragile,' who have been abandoned or forcibly removed by unfit families.

The 501©(3) charity was born out of an epiphany brought about by the miraculous events surrounding Sammy, the son of the charity's founder- Linda West-Conforti. 

Sammy's birth and survival is nothing short of a miracle, having started life at the much-too early stage of a 23-week old premature baby, whose mother tried to end his life with an abortive concoction. The move caused a premature rupture of her placenta, which landed her in the hospital. Sammy was forced to begin life as a 17-ounce medically fragile preemie who tested positive for Methamphetamines and Barbiturates. He was taken from his mother and placed in the care of Children's Services until his mother tested negative for the drugs found in her baby.

Sammy fought desperately for life, as much as his under-developed brain and nervous system would allow. His brain, at 23 weeks old, would not even remind him when to breath!

The next 20 months in the hospital under the care of heroic medical personnel were crucial for Sammy. He underwent numerous surgeries, chemotherapy, and five flat-line code resuscitations, all before the age of 2.

Miraculously Sammy's health improved enough for release from the hospital. He was placed in a group home where he, despite his fragile health condition, bonded with other children, and had a normal life semblance.

He was later introduced to Linda and her husband because the group home's owner knew Linda was a neonatal intensive care nurse and could give Sammy the special attention he required.

Linda fell in love with Sammy's fighting spirit, knowing that if she didn't adopt him, he would become another sad foster care statistic, probably moving erratically through the system, given the in-depth level of care and attention he needed. Linda could not let Sammy go, and her faith would soon show her why- not long after.

At two years old and shortly after his hospital discharge, Sammy and his new mommy-nurse, Linda, were having a picnic beside a marble shrine at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Lake Arrowhead. Sammy seeing the statue, pointed to it and announced that he knew her; her name is Mary, and she and angels often visited and played with him while he was ill. Linda was shocked, but this confirmed what she realized all along; that Sammy was a miracle sent, especially for her. Although she believed this with all her heart, when he said that other babies like him needed help, Linda knew that Sammy was sent to guide her further to her purpose.

Linda knew that she needed to find other dedicated nurses to help her save as many medically fragile foster babies as possible, and Angels In Waiting was born.

Since then, the charity has recruited over 500 nurses tasked with caring for medically fragile infants, children, and youth until they find their forever homes. Angels In Waiting boasts a 90 percent adoption rate.

Linda has also authored a state law that she helped to pass in 2014. The law requires that Priority Placement of a medically fragile foster care population is assigned to independent nurse providers. Ensuring these precious angels get medical attention and the love they need to soar and thrive.

Sammy has become a champion for viable 24-week premature babies who can't voice their wish to live due to his past—using the brilliant example set by his mother, Linda. Sammy has embarked upon an endeavor of his own, "Saving the Ones We Can," by offering women who are on the cusp of aborting their late-term pregnancy under state law, another viable option. With the aid of advancement in neonatal medicine, pregnant women who are on the verge of terminating their late-term pregnancy and the life of their potentially viable 24-week fetus can now know that Sammy's Bill, once introduced, would give women another option.

A woman's choice to end her late-term pregnancy, but not the life of her potentially viable fetus. An option to give her fetus a fighting chance, but not raise it! To help ensure these medically fragile babies continue saved from Sammy's Bill. Angels In Waiting will have nurturing homes with dedicated nurses waiting for these little angels. Along with foster family agencies like Olive Crest, who will also be equipped to provide care and find permanent loving homes for our premature preemies once released from the hospitals.

Just like Sammy brought Linda and her family a renewed purpose and passion, so too have Angels In Waiting brought hope, life, and love to hundreds of medically fragile babies. Hopefully, we will soon be able to give women another option, and 24-week preemies a fighting chance at life.  Learn more at: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/saving-viable-24-week-preemies/

Sammy In 2015 Telling His Story
Sammy In 2015 Telling His Story
Sammy With Mommy's Bill
Sammy With Mommy's Bill
Sammy
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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. 

Christopher
Christopher
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Team GlobalGiving
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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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Angels In Waiting

Location: Blue Jay, CA - USA
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Linda Conforti
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