FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – When abused children go to the hospital, often times they are left alone, without their family members. But a Tarrant County program is helping provide love and support for those kids.
A group of women is making sure a number of babies whose parents cannot visit them in the hospital get the love and attention they deserve.
“A lot of times the nurses are busy and they can’t hold him as often as they need to, so we’re asked to come and volunteer,” says Cyndi Chlup, a volunteer with Kids Crew, a program run by the child advocacy center Alliance for Children.
The volunteers give comfort to abused children who have been removed from their homes. “They are trained in everything from the child abuse dynamics, to the investigation, confidentiality. They receive cps and criminal background checks,” says Julie Evans with the Alliance.
Cyndi and two other volunteers held and cuddled one baby every day for the last three weeks. And they’ve already noticed an improvement. He now makes eye contact, is more at ease and is growing. “He looks at you and he’ll smile at you and you can tell that he’s glad that someone is here to be with him,” says Cyndi.
Soon, the baby will be well enough to leave the hospital. And the volunteers hope he’ll find a home where he can continue to receive the kind of love they’ve given him.
“He’s the sweetest, sweetest little boy. He need someone who’s going to love him and hold him and feed him,” says Chulp.
Since the Kids Crew program began two years ago, the volunteers have helped about 50 kids at Cook Children’s Medical Center.