When all seemed lost, love stepped in…

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Who is in the “village” that it takes to raise a child?

Amy, a mother in Central West Florida, recently found out in a time of crisis.

After giving birth to her daughter, Freya, Amy wasn’t allowed to bring her son, Shyne, 4, into the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Trinity Hospital near New Port Richey.

If Amy couldn’t find someone she trusted to care for Shyne, he was at risk of being placed in foster care. Desperate, Amy called a lot of places but none could help.

When Amy thought all hope was lost — her “village” appeared.

Lisa Perry, our family care coordinator in the region, introduced Amy to Roseli and Jeff Washburn, a vetted volunteer host family, who could care for Shyne until Freya was healthy enough to leave the NICU.

Roseli, Jeff and their daughter Nellie, welcomed Shyne’s boundless energy into their home with patience and love.

And it wasn’t long before Amy’s “village” welcomed its tiniest member home.


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Posted February 15, 2024

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