Children should not be alone in the hospital.

His little hand grabbed mine as we walked outside, only letting go to put another fruit snack in his mouth. This little boy, whose attacker only stopped beating him because he thought he was dead, smiles as he leads me to my car after my interview with his foster parents. A little boy who all the medical professionals in the ER that night thought wouldn’t make it. And if by some slim chance he did, would for sure be blind, paralyzed, and never talk. For Kay and Mike Nelson, what started as a safe “yes” to serving as a Hospital Sitter grew into so much more.

An urgent email requesting a Hospital Sitter for a little boy somehow seemed different than the previous requests Kay had answered. The midnight to 4 AM shift made no sense for a mom of three, but she felt the Holy Spirit pressing for her to say yes..” Read the rest of the story here

Whether they have just been removed for abuse or neglect or are in a foster home who needs help being there 24/7, children should not be left to sit in a hospital room alone.

DCFS says that they usually have at least two kids in the hospital at all times who have recently been removed from homes and do not yet have a foster family or who have a foster family but the foster parent is unable to be with the child 24/7. These kids, many of them infants and toddlers, should not be left alone in a room but the hospital does not provide someone in the room 24/7.

The state requires a relatively brief training and certification process to be on a list to sit with these kids in the hospital. Sitters are notified when there is a need and have an opportunity to say yes or no to that instance.

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