HALO Missions: Why I am so grateful for all I’ve been given, and how paying back the debt I owe has brought me so much joy. By Christopher P. McGuire I consider myself exceptionally fortunate. I am lucky to have been born in the United States, I am blessed to have been raised by two wonderful parents who instilled in me… Read More
Behind every child with special needs is a very special family – and a very special story. Read about some of the families in our Network who are not only empowering their own children – but who are helping to shed light on some of the unique challenges of raising a child with special needs through the sharing of their personal stories.
When I was 16 my parents changed our family forever. They became foster parents for hard to place children. Always intent on adoption, they welcomed many babies into our family. Each child had special needs of some kind, whether it was autism, drug and alcohol exposure, deafness, a medical issue, or specific syndrome. Each was special and unique and I… Read More
I envy every parent of a special needs child who recognizes their gift when they open it. I had always done what was expected of me. Well behaved child, straight and narrow teenager, typical college student, job, apartment, meet a man, got married, had a child. 4 years passed when we knew we had to do what was expected, and… Read More
Family Story: Greetings Family , well families, but now that I am a “Special Mom”, everyone is family. “This letter is long overdue, and it’s been tumbling around in my mind for weeks now. So, I thought it was finally time to get it done. Thank you for allowing me to share with you all. I am fortunate that there… Read More
My daughter Mackenzie Jean was born August of 2007. She was the first child, the first niece, the first grandchild in our family. Everything she did was amazing. She was a good happy baby and we just absolutely adored her. Sounds pretty typical so far, right? We were blissfully happy for a year. Her 12 month check-up was where our… Read More
On my 25th birthday, April 1st, I gave birth to my angel- Tatiana. Tatiana is my youngest of three children, and she is special in so many different ways. What is most striking of Tatiana is how beautiful, unique and strong despite all the challenges she faces having autism. When Tatiana was an infant I quickly noticed that her milestones… Read More