Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A prayer request (or two)


Tomorrow we meet with folks from our autistic son's school and the Sioux Falls Unified District, continuing our request for residential placement. This is normally funded at age 21, but he's just about 17 and so our request is out of the ordinary.

These meetings are stressful all around. While we are happy with the school and the progress he's made here in the SF district, his needs are 24/7 and border on clinical in ways that my wife and I are becoming unable to provide.

At the same time, the District and pretty much all public services and programs are facing budget cuts and are hard pressed to meet requests like ours.

Please pray for our family and for the school folks as we navigate the needs.

(Note: I usually find something handy in the Book of Common Prayer, but there's really nothing on target for special needs people. The folks at Lent & Beyond are offering a season of prayer for people with neurological disorders.)

7 comments:

JC Fremont said...

Consider it done. My daughter works for an NGO social service agency in Wisconsin, and although they mostly deal with other issues, such as kids coming out of the foster care system who have no place to go, I am acutely aware of special needs problems. May your family and the social service people find an acceptable resolution.

Bob Ellis said...

My prayers go out for you and your family. May God bless with grace and peace.

Paul K said...

Prayers! Always. Love you all and good luck with Joey today

Grace said...

Will be praying here. Neuro-diversity makes life challenging. I do empathize, and commiserate as we deal with similar (but less severe) issues.

Michael Shaw said...

Prayers ascending during this time...

MTS+

TLF+ said...

Bless all of you for the prayers and the warmth of empathy - these things mean a great deal.

We just scheduled a meeting with the Soc. Sec. folks regarding his disability - that will be on 12/30.

Focus of prayer is the best placement and care for our son... second but like unto it is the relief of the pressure at home.

Keith said...

You have our prayers. As a parent of a profoundly disabled daughter who just turned 21 and as a former employee of SSA(before I was ordained)we understand your struggles.May God's peace and blessings be with you and your family.
Keith