BUILD A HOME FOR JAMIE AND JEREMIAH
Many people are familiar with our little Jamie but in case you are not, let us bring you up to date. Jamie was only four years old when we embarked on a very public campaign to save Jamie’s life. Jamie is a foster child who was born with Biliary Atresia, a serious liver condition that leads to cirrhosis of the liver and death. Her condition had reached critical levels and she was hospitalized in January, 2015. The doctors stated that she would not leave the hospital without a new liver. Enter David Denovchek, a complete stranger who stepped forward and became a live liver donor for Jamie. The subsequent surgery and transplant went well for both Jamie and David.
Jamie’s body has accepted her new liver and while she continues to have regular lab work done, she only has to return to her Pittsburgh doctor once a year. Jamie is taller, no longer bloated, has clear beautiful brown eyes and has started Kindergarten! Many of you were touched by Jamie’s story and the outpouring of support from the community was overwhelming. We can’t begin to thank you enough for that.
But the story is not over yet and Jamie still needs her happy ending. Therefore, we are reaching out once again to the community for your help. We are entering a new chapter in Jamie’s life, which also involves her seven year old brother, Jeremiah. Jeremiah is an energetic and protective big brother. His little life has not been easy, watching his sister go in and out of the hospital, often not seeing her for extended periods of time and wondering if she would come home. Both Jamie and Jeremiah are in the agency’s permanent custody and we have been searching for their forever home. We found an excellent match with an adoptive family who meets all the criteria. He is a fireman and she is an administrator of a pre-school. Both have long histories of dedicating their lives to helping others. But the best part is that they already are caring for two foster/adoptive siblings of Jamie and Jeremiah and have opened their home to allow Jamie and Jeremiah to visit and bond with their siblings. However, these four children and the couple's two biological children, one of whom is a young adult, make for a family of eight. With the State rules regarding room requirements, bed space and adult children being prohibited from sharing a bedroom with foster/adoptive children, their three bedroom home is not physically big enough to allow the children to live together.
So while their hearts are big enough, their home is not. This is where we need your help! Our ultimate goal is to put an addition on their home to meet rule requirements and allow the four siblings to live together. The first step toward that goal is to move Jamie and Jeremiah into their home, even while the addition is being built so they can begin this wonderful new journey sooner rather than later. They have already been waiting way too long for this forever family. However, even this cannot happen unless we can arrange for some temporary housing solution that could be placed on the home’s property during construction.
So if you are a contractor, a laborer or a supplier and wish to donate your talents, time or supplies, please find it in your heart to help with this worthy cause. If you are a private citizen and want to make a difference in the lives of children, please consider donating to this campaign to BUILD A HOME FOR JAMIE AND JEREMIAH. Whatever you can do will help two very special children finally experience the security and love of a forever home. Once again, THANK YOU!!
Director of Out of Home Services
Trumbull County Children Services