Our mission is to help the rising population of America’s most vulnerable infants and children by ensuring they grow up in the loving homes, hearts and hands of nurses.
Every year in the United States, tens of thousands of infants and children are abandoned by or taken away from drug addicted mothers. Medically fragile infants are born each day to mothers addicted to opioids, methamphetamine, alcohol and other drugs. Often premature, these infants face staggering medical complications when they are born; they start life in pain and discomfort with no loving family or home. In most cases, medically fragile newborns experience lengthy stays in neonatal intensive care units following delivery. After discharge, these infants and children often require critical and complex medical care delivered at home throughout the day. Without a foster home that can adequately manage their care, these fragile infants are placed in medical facilities, institutional care settings and group homes. Approximately 10% will perish from failure to thrive due to the lack of regular, nurturing, loving and stimulating contact that infants need to maintain their will to live.
We nurses have seen first-hand the miracles that occur through the hearts and hands of nurses!
AIW wholeheartedly shares the belief that unadoptable is unacceptable. Our vision is to significantly expand the scope and number of children served by AIW nurses through our Nurse Foster Provider Outreach and Recruitment Program. Our program is a highly successful model for recruiting skilled nurses to foster and care for medically fragile infants and children. This innovative cost-effective program has four key areas of focus: outreach, recruitment, training, and retention. By supporting our nurses from outreach to adoption, we place America’s most vulnerable children on the path to permanent placement in a loving home. Children fostered by AIW nurses have unprecedented rates of adoption from foster care. Since AIW's inception in 2005, 90% of our nurse foster providers have become the adoptive parent of their medically fragile foster infant or child. AIW is deeply devoted to helping medically fragile foster care infants and children find quality foster homes with skilled, dedicated nurses.
Our goal is to create a world where foster children who endure life-threatening illnesses and face extreme adversity thrive in the hearts and hands of dedicated nurse foster providers nationwide.
AIW Created A California Law That Supports The Medically Fragile Foster Care Population:
In January 2014, the state of California passed into law a bill authored by AIW Founder, Linda West-Conforti RN. California's State Law requires that when determining the placement of a foster child who is medically fragile, priority consideration for placement is given to a Nurse-Foster Provider. AIW recruits and provides on-going support to skilled Nurse-Foster Providers who are willing to foster medically fragile infants and children and has partnered with multiple California Foster care agencies to recruit the Nurse-Foster Providers necessary to meet their growing medically fragile foster care population.
Together we have the ability to save countless childhoods and help our little Angels in Waiting soar Through The Hearts and Hands of Nurses!
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