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Every year, tens of thousands of infants are abandoned by or taken away from drug addicted mothers. Many are born premature, end up as wards of the state in neo-natal intensive care units, and eventually, the foster care system. They are hard to place in foster homes and often end up warehoused in group homes or institutions and forgotten. The “lucky” ones get placed in foster homes with caretakers who are ill-equipped to deal with a child with extreme medical needs. Approximately 10% of them perish from a combination of medical problems that don’t receive the necessary attention and a lack of love and connection to other human beings resulting in a condition known as “failure to thrive,” which makes them give up the will to live.
Angels in Waiting was founded by National Nurse of the Year nominee, Linda West-Conforti 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 two of these infants, and in 2005 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.
In 2013, Angels in Waiting was able to get a bill passed (Assembly Bill 1133) that will require, that when determining the placement of a foster child who is medically fragile, “Priority Consideration” will be given to placement with a foster parent who is an independent nurse provider.
We are helping the departments of children and family services throughout California to implement our Nurse-Foster Provider program to help California's growing medically fragile foster care population. AIW is also working at a federal level to change legislation and policies to establish our Nurse-Foster Provider program Nationwide.
Angels In Waiting is run solely by volunteers. 100% of the profit from AIW's on-line purchases and private donors go towards administrative costs, as well so our core mission of greater outreach to nurses, helping to save the lives of innocent infants and children.
AIW does an incredible amount on a shoestring budget, but they could do so much more with additional funding. There are so many fragile infants in need of competent, loving care, and most nurses aren’t even aware that this is an option. More funding would result in greater outreach, which would fundamentally change (and in some cases save) untold lives.
On October 2nd, 2013, California Governor Brown signed Angels In Waiting’s Assembly Bill into California law. The state bill will require that, when determining the placement of a foster child who is medically fragile, “Priority Consideration” will be given to placement with a foster parent who is an independent nurse provider, as defined in state law; who provides health services under the federal Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment program. AB1133 became California State law on January 1st, 2014.
One of Angels In Waiting’s objectives is to create more State and Federal laws to help implement our Nurse-Foster Provider program Nationwide. Secondly, we would like to help bring awareness to and address the growing population of medically fragile foster care infants and children in America. Your Help Is Needed; Together We Can Greatly Improve Our Foster Care System And Save Tens-Of-Thousands Of America’s Foster Care Preemies, Infants, Children, And Youths.
AIW's authored Assembly Bill 1133 and California State law, is now soaring onto the federal level.
AIW's founder Linda West-Conforti RN, in 2005, resurrected a dormant federally funded program. This program was created by Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1965, over 50 years ago! Linda proudly picked up LBJ's program and carried his program into California's State Capital. AIW's bill received overwhelming bi-partisan support and has been sough after by numerous States. This February, a children advocacy group approached AIW to take AB1133 onto the federal level... Never underestimate the power of a nurse, because miracles do occur through the hearts and hands of nurses.