WHAT WE DO
Every child is special, and their parents dream of a happy, successful, independent, and fulfilled life for their child. Parents of children with special needs have the same hopes and dreams for their child, yet their future is not as clear. In the United States, 18.5% of children under the age of 18 are children with special needs. This is no indication they are not smart, talented, or capable; it means they have specific challenges that other children do not face.
There are four primary types of disabilities that children encounter,
Physical disabilities, Developmental disabilities, Behavioral/ Emotional disabilities and Sensory. Statistics show that 14% of American children, between the ages of 13 and 17, have a developmental disability.
In its initial stage, Special Angels Foundation will focus on families with children who have developmental disabilities.
The mission of Special Angels Foundation is to provide support in obtaining therapies, equipment and resources to families raising children with special needs. Our vision is to seek to empower families who are raising children with special needs to enable their child to thrive and grow towards independence.
Bringing Hope to the World
Special Angels Foundation is guided by core values that guide the organizations Board of Directors, staff and volunteers. The core values are as follows:
Special Angels Foundation’s Vital Role in Our Society: We provide support, both financially and through shared resources and referrals to families raising children with special needs.
Responsible Stewardship: We are committed to careful stewardship of all human and financial resources. This means we use carefully the time and talents of those working with the organization and spend wisely the funds invested by donors into our organization.
Innovation and Sense of Home: We believe we create a better future for children with special needs through innovation and societal change. This sense of hope leads to approaches and new practices that have a positive impact on the treatment of and lifestyles of children with special needs and their families.
Integrity and Accountability: We will be effective in achieving our mission and accountable to all our stakeholders – families raising children with special needs, our constituents, donors, board, staff, volunteers, strategic partners and the greater community. We believe in modeling this trustworthiness and integrity that earns the public’s high regard for our organization. This reflects an alignment between what we say, what we do and how we do it.
Respecting Diversity: We celebrate, respect and include all children with special needs and their families no matter what their culture, geographic regions, religion or political view.
Outstanding Service: We strive to create an environment in which all stakeholders (children with special needs, their families, medical practitioners, donors, strategic partners and the public) feel heard, respected and supported.
Sustainability: We believe that it is important to recognize the value of the organizations work by investing in the organization and our people; this includes providing learning opportunities for board members, volunteers and staff.