2015 Family Advocacy Day Hero -- Jack
Today Jack is a happy, healthy 2-year-old who hasn’t let a tough start to life prevent him from being a cheerful toddler. Shortly after Jack’s birth, he experienced symptoms of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and spent 22 days in the hospital weaning from the opiates and other substances he was exposed to by his birth mother’s drug use during pregnancy. He then benefitted from the Fostering Connections program, a specialized foster care clinic providing a medical home at The Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
The care and support Jack and his adoptive family have received at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has helped Jack reach his potential and has connected him to other services and therapies, including Help Me Grow and Early Intervention Preschool. Jack, who loves to play with his three siblings and puppy, can usually be found swimming, playing outdoors, stacking mega blocks, snuggling with his parents or getting messy. Sitting still for any length of time is not something you will see Jack doing — he is on the move!