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Supporting Foster Children and Their Families: Meet Ryken and Livyana

Ryken (age 4) and Livyana (age 3) were both adopted from foster care into a forever family and have become part of the DMG CRS family, too.  Both children have special needs resulting from complex health conditions.

Drug-exposed and born at 32 weeks, Ryken has down syndrome and fetal alcohol syndrome and requires a G tube. Joining the family in June 2018, Livyana, has SCBC, a rare form of dwarfism, as well as hearing and vision impairment.

Their adoptive parents have cared for Ryken and Livyana (whom they call “Livy”) since they were infants, because they offer a “specialized home” within the Arizona foster care system for children with complex medical needs.

In a recent conversation, adoptive parent Amy Lovell shared how DMG CRS has supported their family and their children’s special needs and the unique needs of a family with foster and adopted children.

Care Coordination

“We appreciate that the providers proactively collaborate on the care of Ryken and Livy, since our children have multiple medical needs.

For example, Livy has behavioral health needs and our behavioral health therapist was able to communicate with her physicians and say, ‘This is what is going to help her be successful.’

Treated Like Family

“Everyone at DMG CRS knows who we are when we come in and know our family, which feels great.  DMG CRS offers a caring, welcoming environment where my kids are comfortable because they know what to expect.

Understanding our family’s unique needs, DMG CRS has provided us extra support as adoptive parents and foster parents to children with complex medical needs.”



La historia de Ryken and Livyana

Ryken tiene síndrome de Down y síndrome de alcoholismo fetal, él fue expuesto a drogas durante el embarazo. Nacio cuandotenía 32 semanas. Tiene una sonda gástrica. Los Lovells lo adoptaron del sistema de cuidado temporal.

Livyana tiene SCBC, una extraña condición de enanismo y discapacidad auditiva y visual. Ella fue adoptada del sistema de cuidado temporal el primero de junio del 2018.

Los Lovells han cuidado de ellos desde que eran infantes porque son un “hogar especializado” dentro del sistema de cuidado temporal en Arizona para niños con necesidades médicas complejas.

¿Qué es lo que hizo resaltar a Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRS por sus siglas en inglés) de otros establecimientos médicos que han visitado?

Apreciamos que los proveedores médicos puedan colaborar en el cuidado de nuestros hijos ya que tienen múltiples necesidades médicas. Por ejemplo, Livy, tiene necesidades de salud mental y nuestro terapista se pudo comunicar con sus médicos y decirles “Esto es lo que la va a ayudar a ser más exitosa”.

CRS ofrece un ambiente acogedor donde mis hijos se sienten bienvenidos, confortados y nosotros sabemos que esperar.