Going home from the NICU can be both an exciting and also a little scary.   However, you are not alone! 

New parents never expect to end up in the NICU with their baby, having to turn over the care of the most precious member of their family to strangers.  Whether having the opportunity of a NICU Tour, or walking into the NICU for the first time, we know it is overwhelming with anxiety, fear of the unknown, frustration, and feeling out of control can be all-consuming. 

Special Kids, Special Care, is dedicated to supporting parents of premature babies and babies who have been in the NICU so that they have a smooth transition home and receive a “warm handoff” to their community healthcare team.  The community healthcare team includes experienced and knowledgeable providers who can provide information, resources, education, infant development support, and emotional support after discharge from the NICU.  

We Believe:

  • Parents should be offered a phone call or home visit after discharge to check on any questions or concerns
  • Parents should feel supported in reaching whatever breastfeeding goals they might have
  • Parents should have support so that they do not feel alone or isolated
  • Parents should have access to mental health supports when needed
  • Parents should have someone to reach out to for questions about their babies unique development
  • Parents should have access to resources about their basic needs, insurance, and financial assistance

Core Values

Relationships are built through trust, compassion, integrity, cultural sensitivity, and shared goals.

A community of support for families of premature babies and babies who need special care is culturally responsive, competent, and relevant to their needs.

Parent engagement and community partnerships will increase awareness, advocacy, and collaboration that transform the NICU parent experience.

Executive Director

Barbara J. Deloian, PhD, RN, CPNP, IBCLC
Special Kids, Special Care Inc.
Parker, Colorado


Board of Directors:

Renee Charlifue-Smith

Renee Charlifue-Smith MA, CCC-SLP
Senior Instructor
Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Angela McCoy
Associate Director, Shire.
Denver, Colorado

Paul Egan

Paul Egan CPA
Egan Ravarino, LLC.
Denver, Colorado

Todd Gelhaar
Pegasus Communications, LLC
Denver, Colorado

Sarah McNamee

Sarah McNamee, LCSW, MBA
Owner, McNamee and Associates, LLC
Lakewood, Colorado

Paulina Erices, IBCLC
Maternal and Child Health Specialist
Jefferson County Department of Public Health
Littleton, Colorado

Faculty: (Faculty Background)

Barbara J. Deloian, Ph.D., CPNP, IBCLC

Paulina Erices, BS, IBCLC, RLC IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist 

Sarah McNamee, LCSW, MBA, IMH-E (Mentor) 

Chris Russell, BSN, Certified NCAST and PIPE Instructor

Special Kids, Special Care Annual Reports

2019 Special Kids Special Care Annual Report


2017 Special Kids Special Care Annual Report

2016 Special Kids, Special Care Annual Report - Part I
2016 Special Kids, Special Care Annual Report - Part II


Other Special Kids, Special Care Organization Documents

Special Kids, Special Care Bylaws