Pregnant young women between the ages of
12-17; or infants. Applicants under the age of 18 must have written permission
from parent/legal guardian to enter the home. Completion of the WINGS OF MERCY
application, interview, and approval for admission by the Admissions Committee.
Residents must have:
- birth certificate
- social security card
- verification of custody, when applicable
- school records, including immunization
- medical forms completed by physician
ELIGIBILITY FOR ADMISSIONS:
Wings of Mercy selects residents without regard to race,
color, national origin, religious preference, or handicapped status. Wing of
Mercy accepts as residents pregnant girls from across the Nation and around
the World who are unable or unwilling to remain in their family's home during
pregnancy and the post-partum period. The director may make exceptions to this
policy on an individual basis. Wings of Mercy accepts any unwanted or abandoned
child until arrangements can be provided for the child. Applicants must be between
the ages of 12-17 years of age or an infant to be eligible for residence. Applicant's
past history must reflect their ability to live cooperatively and to abide by
rules in order to be eligible for residence in the home. Applicants must have
written parent(s)/legal guardian(s) permission to enter the home/program. A
physician prior to admission must document the condition of the pregnancy.
Wings of Mercy WILL NOT accept:
- Girls whose behavior could be a danger to themselves
- Girls with current alcohol or drug problems
- Girls with any communicable disease which may endanger
the health and/or lives of other residents and/or their infants
Children of potential residents may be admitted to the
home with their mother as circumstances allow. Residents who plan to place their
infant for adoption are required to do so through an adoption service. If the
resident decides to make an adoption plan through any other source, the resident
and parent(s)/legal guardian(s) will be responsible to reimburse the adoption
service for all services rendered over and above the agreed sliding fee scale.
- An application packet may be sent to the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) of
an eligible expectant mother, or social worker. The application may also be
filled out at the admission interview.
- Each applicant and her parent(s)/legal guardian(s) are required to have
an admissions interview with the Wings of Mercy coordinator/director.
- When it is determined that a potential resident is not eligible to apply
for residence in the home, every effort will be made to refer that individual
or family to a more appropriate resource.
- The perspective resident and parent(s)/legal guardian(s) are required to
bring the following information to the admission interview:
- Applicant's certified birth certificate
- Applicant's social security card
- Verification of custody, if applicable
- Applicant's school transcript and withdrawal form
- Current immunization records
- Parent(s)/legal guardian(s) are required to sign an agreement
documenting permission to admit that applicant and to accept legal responsibility
for the resident and her dependents while in the program. They are also required
to sign a medical release for the resident. Prospective residents are required
to sign a resident's agreement.
- Upon completion of the admissions interview the coordinator/director will
determine whether the applicant is eligible for the program. The coordinator/director
may involve other staff members in making the decision. A decision will be
made within 48 hours after the admissions interview. Residents will be asked
to provide the following information.
- Medical verification of her pregnancy
- Pap smear results
- General medical history
- General physical exam
- Evidence of or absence of venereal/communicable diseases.
- If there is a venereal/communicable disease, what treatment is required
- Physician may or may not agree to administer blood serology, T.B. test,
Hepatitis B, drug & alcohol screening
- Upon admission, the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) will
provide the following:
- Written authority to obtain medical care
- Authorization to use the resident's picture in publicity, if applicable
- Each resident and her parent(s)/legal guardian(s) will
receive a copy of the Policy & Procedure Handbook. This handbook will also
be discussed during admissions.
- The resident will have a service plan with goals and estimated length of
stay written within 30 days of admission. Goals may address needs for food,
clothing, shelter, counseling, education, recreation, physical health etc.
The parent(s)/legal guardian(s) and resident will be involved in the development
of this plan.
- If other agencies (including placements, counseling, or other service providers)
have been involved in the care of the resident, the parent may be asked to
sign a Release of Information so that record can be obtained from that agency.
Residents who plan to place their infants for adoption are required to do so
through an adoption agency.
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