As many of you know, Lisa Sunbury is a RIE instructor, mentor, parent coach, trusted advisor and cherished member of our group who has helped us to foster a generation of confident, authentic people. Now we have an opportunity to help her.
Several months ago Lisa put everything on hold and moved from California to Florida in order to care for Baby R., her infant niece, and is now in the midst of the adoption process. Once the adoption is complete she will then be able to return to her livelihood in California. The adoption proceedings can take seven months to a year. Until then, she is the full-time caregiver for R, as she can only use a mandated state daycare facility for care, which is not an ideal environment for R. This makes it very difficult for her to work, but she is doing what she can from home.
For those unfamiliar with the story of Baby R., she was born to drug addicted parents who wanted her, yet struggled to overcome their challenges and suffering in order to care for her. She was taken into foster care at only two days old, and remained there until she was four months old, when Lisa was able to gain custody of her.
I am asking you, dear parents, to consider what Lisa gives us in time, knowledge and experience and how we now have an opportunity to help her. There are more than 2,000 of us in this group. We can assist her with the cost of plane tickets, legal fees, and incidentals that may arise during this challenging time. Any amount that you are able to donate, no matter how small will help.
This is not just to help Lisa. It's also to help R. who has been living with her for 8 months now. And - if all goes well - will stay with Lisa for good. For this girl Lisa is the best that could have happened to her. Or as Lisa has put it:
And someday, when she asks questions, I am going to be able to share with her about this group, and all of you- so many people, many of whom I've never even met in person yet, but who have nonetheless reached out, listened, shared, cared, and stepped up to help. The gift you are giving HER is amazing, and I can't thank you all enough.
Thank you Lisa for all of the support and insight you have given to us and others over the years.
* To learn more about Lisa and her story please visit her blog at http://www.regardingbaby.org/
**For comments by Lisa please view Update section