BUILD A HOME FOR JAMIE AND HER SIBLINGS
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 eight year old brother, Jeremiah, and her two sisters, Norriah (age 4) and Reecee (age 1).
Jeremiah is an energetic and protective big brother who has always lived with Jamie. 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. Meanwhile,
Norriah and Reecee, are placed in a separate foster-to-adopt home. All four children 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. This couple is already caring for Norriah and Reecee and would love to keep the four siblings together. The couple have already 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! We want to put an addition on their home to meet rule requirements and allow the four siblings to live together.
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 HER SIBLINGS. Whatever you can do will help FOUR 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