WISHING YOU A SAFE AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR
SPECIAL KIDS, SPECIAL CARE
Dear Friends of Special Kids Special Care-
Through our community partnerships, Special Kids, Special Care has raised awareness about the number of families who experience premature birth and the impact of prematurity and the NICU stay on both the infant and the family. We have raised awareness of the need for a coordinated discharge and follow-up system, developmental and mental health support services, and knowledgeable healthcare and community providers about babies and their families’ care.
Together with our wonderful community’s support, we have provided a continuum of services that help families as they transition home from the NICU. Our overall goal has been to connect all families to knowledgeable healthcare providers, support services, and community resources as they transition from the NICU home. The Family Support Program provided families grants for infant cribs, equipment, and infant supplies, lactation consultation, respite care, and more. We worked together with our local NICU by providing parents safe sleep information and made support services available for families at discharge.
The interdisciplinary NICU Consortium Partnership has provided a community for parents, health, mental health, and developmental professionals who share the common goal and passion for improving premature infants’ outcomes and their families’ well-being. Through the Consortium Education Programs and the Partnership Meetings, we strive to promote our mission of “promoting a coordinated discharge and follow-up system for infants and families transitioning from the NICU home.”
As 2020 ends, Special Kids Special Care is taking a new direction. While the doors of Special Kids, Special Care are closing, we have carefully prepared our programming transition to another nonprofit so that our ongoing meaningful work continues on behalf of infants and families. We want to inform you, our community, about these changes and assure you that your investment of time and resources is protected, and our work continues to advance our mission. The programming and membership of our NICU Consortium Partnership will remain the same so SAVE THE DATES.
NICU Consortium Education Webinar – January 27, 2021, from 9:00 am to 1130 am.
NICU Consortium Partnership Virtual Meeting – Friday, March 19, 2021, 10 am to 12 Noon.
NICU Consortium Education Webinar – April 28, 2021, from 9:00 am to 1130 am.
NICU Consortium Education Webinar – July 28, 2021, from 9:00 am to 1130 am.
The Consortium Leadership Council Planning Committee will be coordinating and presenting the Partnership Meeting and the Education Webinar just as it has had been the last several years
Our friend and partner in the community, Newborn Hope, is assisting us with this transition. As many of you know, Newborn Hope has been a fantastic partner to SKSC over the past several years by providing SKSC the grant funds for the Family Support Grant Program. New Hope will provide a place for us to operate while we work out the details related to our programs’ possible assumptions in the future. As always, I am available to answer any questions you may have during this process. You can also feel free to reach out to Newborn Hope’s Executive Director Allison Bradac (303-912-4920) or [email protected]) with any questions, you may have about the transition. Together we are both committed to continuing the work and programs of Special Kids Special Care at the same level you have come to expect.
I will continue my involvement as an advisor, and I look forward to working with our many partners and friends through this transition and into the future. I have genuinely appreciated serving premature infants and their families throughout my career. I can’t thank you each enough for the privilege of serving you and this precious community.
Best wishes for a safe and healthy 2021.
Special Kids, Special Care
Executive Director, Newborn Hope