Special Needs Program
Annie’s Havens is a foster care organization focused on children with developmental and medical special needs.
Special needs child and youth are at the core of why we are involved in the child welfare sector. We constantly receive referrals for children with developmental, physical and medical special needs.
It is difficult to find homes for special needs children. These children need committed caregivers with experience. We have a great training program but experience is key to understanding the issues involved.
Helpful backgrounds include nursing, personal support work or caring for a close family member. Annie’s Havens also provides Personal Support Workers (PSW) for kids with higher care needs. Support hours range from 15 to 60 hours per month. The per diem is $80 – $90 depending on experience, education and wheelchair accessibility (i.e. two (2) children @ $80/day multiplied by a thirty (30) day month = $4800 – or $58,400 per year).
Spectrum of Special Needs
Mobility issues (wheelchair, walker, etc.)
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Global Developmental Delays
Tube/Intravenous Feeding (G-Tube, TPN)
Adoption and Long-Term Care
Adoption takes a long time for special needs kids. The more severe the special needs, the longer it takes. Finding adoptive parents is not realistic for some of our kids. Foster parents need to be prepared to care for the kids over a much longer period of time than others.