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Help America's Forsaken Foster Care Children!

by Angels In Waiting
Help America's Forsaken Foster Care Children!
Help America's Forsaken Foster Care Children!
Help America's Forsaken Foster Care Children!
Help America's Forsaken Foster Care Children!
Help America's Forsaken Foster Care Children!
Help America's Forsaken Foster Care Children!
Help America's Forsaken Foster Care Children!
Help America's Forsaken Foster Care Children!
Help America's Forsaken Foster Care Children!
Help America's Forsaken Foster Care Children!
Help America's Forsaken Foster Care Children!
Help America's Forsaken Foster Care Children!
Help America's Forsaken Foster Care Children!
Help America's Forsaken Foster Care Children!
Help America's Forsaken Foster Care Children!
AIW
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
AIW Community Wellness Center Free BP Checks
AIW Community Wellness Center Free BP Checks
Sammy
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 

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Nurses Needed
Nurses Needed
Our Judges are Ordering Placement with AIW Nurses
Our Judges are Ordering Placement with AIW Nurses

HERE COME THE JUDGES...

 Since the inception of Angels in Waiting (AIW) State Law; Chapter 490, signed on January 1, 2014, it has been a slow uphill climb, getting all 58 Departments of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to implement our cost-effective and life-saving Nurse-Foster Provider program within their county.  To date, only 3 out of the 58 agencies have implemented our Nurse-Foster Provider program! 

 The Department of Social Services, who oversees the Departments of Children and Family Services, has sent out “two” All County Letters, directing the DCFS agencies to implement the State law! This letter is requesting DCFS agencies to recruit the nurses needed to meet their growing medically fragile foster care population. This high-risk, vulnerable foster care population is in an added grave predicament due to their in-utero opioid exposure.  There is an added burden for the DCFS agencies to recruit the nurses needed to meet their growing medically fragile foster care population and sadly many of the DCFS agencies have not fulfilled the State law!  Our appointed juvenile judges have stepped up to inform the Departments of Children and Family Services that they need to implement this law, by requesting with-in court documents, to place an infant or child with an Angels In Waiting Nurse-Foster Provider, bringing awareness to our noble program via a court order!  

 This Thanksgiving week my heart has been in great turmoil. San Diego County DCFS received such an order from a juvenile appointed court Judge in San Diego County for a medically fragile but cognitively gifted little girl who has resided in an Emergency Shelter Facility for over a year and half, because they could not find adequate placement for her common health condition.

 These shelters are designed to hold infants, children, and youths legally for only 10 days!  This was due to a large California County DCFS agency not being privy to the State law Chapter 490. Also, they did not review the two issued “All County Letters #16-117” sent out by the Department of Social Services informing San Diego County that they needed to implement State Law #490; AIW’s cost-effective and life-saving Nurse-Foster Provider program.  

 This precious innocent little soul spent her Thanksgiving in the emergency shelter she has called home for the last 18 months. This is a place NO child should be accustomed and should not be forced to live in for over a year and a half at the tender age of 8! I was truly jubilant that finally, San Diego County  Judges are now cognizant of our state law, and has read the All-County Letter #16-117.  However, I was literally sick to my stomach this Thanksgiving, knowing that this precious 8 year old, cognitively gifted little girl who has a common medical condition that deemed her medically fragile, sat in a violent, non-nurturing emergency shelter for over year and a half, and spent another Thanksgiving in a less than ideal placement.    When the hands and the heart of a dedicated nurse foster provider in a loving home, could have easily cared her for this Thanksgiving!  

When I reached out to the child’s social worker on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, she informed me we have three nurses and their family coming to visit this precious innocent soul during this Thanksgiving weekend. 

 This Little Angel In Waiting became a victim of an overburdened, County-run-system that was supposed to protect her.  Sadly, somebody in San Diego County whose job was to review and implement all legislative changes, did NOT do their job.  As a result, this little girl deeply suffered for a year and a half in an emergency shelter, which houses juvenile delinquents and infants and children congruently. 

 We are Thankful to the Judge and the judges who are aware that many of the DCFS agencies are not implementing AIW’s Nurse-Foster Provider program as ordered by State law.  I am thankful to the judges who took the time and wrote court orders to bring awareness to the State Law by placing in their court records the directive,   “Place with an Angels In Waiting Nurse”!   

 This Holiday Season, we're also thankful for your support!

On behalf of AIW’s Board and volunteers, thank you for your giving and commitment to our mission. We hope for you a time of peace and reflection this holiday season and a real feeling of gratitude for your life and the many ways you make a difference.  We are grateful for you!

ALL DCFS
ALL DCFS's Need To Implement The State Law: #490!
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AIW's Logo for AIW Nurse Placement Needs

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Will YOU Help Me Find A Forever Home With A Nurse?
Will YOU Help Me Find A Forever Home With A Nurse?

America’s growing opioid epidemic has created a large influx of medically fragile foster care infants and children into and previously impacted system.  California’s social workers are receiving court orders from court appointed judges throughout California to place foster care infants and children into the care of registered nurses as per Angels In Waiting’s State law.  Additionally, there are emails and phone calls from licensed social workers from hospitals, as well inquiries from the departments of family children services through-out California looking to place infants and children into Angels In Waiting’s Nurses –Foster Provider program. Under California innovative state law authored by AIW’s founder, Linda Conforti RN, nurses now get  “Priority Placement” with California’s medically fragile foster care population.  

 Furthermore, AIW has received a great deal of correspondence from nurses and social workers from other states across our Nation who have become aware of our honorable nursing charity organization and are very interested in developing a similar Angels In Waiting Chapter in their state!   

 Recently, Los Angeles County, which has the largest medically fragile foster care population in the Nation, has provided Angels In Waiting with notable accolades!  Their praises stem from AIW’s recruiting enough nurses to meet their rapidly growing medically fragile foster care population. This population has grown due to our state law and governmental raises for nurses working as Nurse-Foster Providers under the state law.

 We have seen miracles occur first hand through the hearts, hands, and homes of dedicated nurses who are eagerly clocking in at home and providing the necessary care to help these at-risk and under-served souls heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually. 

 To date, our amazing program still maintains a 90% adoption rate because when these precious Angels In Waiting cross the threshold of our nurses’ homes, they also cross the threshold into the loving hearts of our devoted nurses. As a result, they help secure our little Angels’ promising futures and enrich their foster-nurse’s lives beyond expectations. These heartfelt, emotional rewards are welcomed by our  noble nurses, when they crossed the threshold to become a Nurse-Foster Provider and started this journey of safe-housing tender little souls.

 We have tried with great effort to take our cost-effective, practical program onto a Federal platform for years!  Sadly, we have been stonewalled by Senators who initially show an eager interest, but than literally will put our honorable program on the back burner. This is done while they jockey forward other self-serving agendas that will not save the lives of medically-fragile foster care infants and children in their states. Nor do they provide the needed laws to support the foster populations in their states in general.  

 Donors , there is no need for our cost effective life-saving program to be duplicated in 49 separate States across our Great Nation!  We can implement our Nurse-Foster Provider Program on a federal level and have it in every state with a simple signature, or two.  

 We are reaching out for your help... We need to find a Senator, Congressmen, or Congresswoman who understands the bigger picture and wants to step up and represent their most at-risk and under-served constituents, their opioid-exposed medically fragile foster care preemies, infants, and children!   AIW’s Nurse Charity resurrected a program for the state of California, a program President Lyndon Baines Johnson (JBL) created in a presidential bill over 55 years ago. A component of his  “Great Society.” In 1965, LBJ enacted and signed into Federal Law his Presidential Bill that allows nurses to take home their pediatric patients if they are slated to go into the foster care system.  This bill provides those nurses the means to bill for their nursing hours spent caring for medically-fragile foster children under the newly created Medicare and Medicaid healthcare systems.  The nurse’s ability to take their pediatric population home and bill Medicare for her nursing hours, has laid dormant in every state across our nation for over 55 years, until AIW’s founder resurrected the bill in California.  

 We shudder to think the tax dollars that have been wasted and the lives that were lost due to unawareness of this program.  

 Donors, we need your help once more!  Receiving donations has always helped drive our program forward. We could not accomplish the achievements that we have without your gracious donations!   Now, we need your help to find a Senator, Congressman or Congresswoman who may carry our mission and genuinely develop an interest in helping America’s utmost at-risk-underserved population (their medically-fragile foster constituents). Take LBJ’s cost effective Nurse-Foster Provider Program onto the Federal Level to implement our deeply needed Nurse-Foster Provider Program Nationwide.   Donors, any thoughts or ideas that you have to help find an honorable congressional sponsor to help run with our program to the federal finish line would be greatly appreciated?   Please feel free to contact me, the founder of AIW at Linda@angelsinwaitingusa.org/ 909 336 4032 

 

Together We Can Save Countless Childhoods and Billions of US dollars! 

Medically Fragile Foster Preemies Need Loved Too!
Medically Fragile Foster Preemies Need Loved Too!
Pres. Johnson Created A Bill to Save Foster Kids !
Pres. Johnson Created A Bill to Save Foster Kids !
But Our Government Lost LBJ
But Our Government Lost LBJ's Nurse Foster Program
Please Help AIW Get Our Nurse-Foster Program Back!
Please Help AIW Get Our Nurse-Foster Program Back!
 

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Angels In Waiting

Location: Blue Jay, CA - USA
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Linda Conforti
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