In today’s climate we are seeing many mothers with drug addictions not being able to care for their babies. We work closely with the WIND Program from the local YWCA. We have become known by parent as well as grandparents that we are here to help babies. DHHR also knows that we provide support to guardians. DHHR sent us a referral of a middle aged father who was trying to secure necessary items to bring his daughter home from the hospital. His girlfriend of 17 years had become pregnant and they had opted for adoption. However, when the baby was born the hospital recognized withdrawal symptoms for the baby. DHHR had been involved from the onset of the pregnancy but we had not been involved since there was plans for an adoption. After the baby was born the parent decided to keep the baby. We worked with DHHR, the parents and the baby to be able to help them bring the baby home from the hospital. Fortunately, the baby remained in the hospital during the withdrawal process. We were able to get a crib, car seat and other baby items to meet the baby’s needs. We continue to work with this family. The baby is now about 4 months old. She is beautiful and Mom and Dad continue to come see us for diapers, wipes, clothing and support. We continue to network with DHHR and other agencies to be sure we are all working together for the benefit of this little baby.
-Gabriel Project of WV