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The Guidelines are designed to support service providers who may be working with same-sex couples, same-sex attracted single parents, and/or their children. They are in part educative, providing some information about terminologies, myths, and facts about same-sex couples and parenting. But they are also designed to provide some ideas about the ways service providers and organizations can ensure their everyday processes are inclusive of same-sex couples and their children.
Studies estimate that between 1 and 9 million children in the United States have at least one parent who is lesbian or gay. There are approximately 594,000 same-sex partner households, according to the 2000 Census, and there are children living in approximately 27 percent of those households.
Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) is the brainchild of Colombian pediatrician Edgar Rey, who introduced it to the Instituto Materno Infantil in 1978. It was an idea born out of desperation. The institute served the city’s poorest—those who lived crammed in the rickety, makeshift dwellings in the foothills of the surrounding mountains. At the time this was the biggest neonatal unit in all of Colombia, responsible for delivering 30,000 babies a year. Overcrowding was so bad that three babies would have to share an incubator at a time and the rate of cross-infection was high. Death rates were spiraling and so too was the level of abandonment as young, impoverished mothers, who never even got to touch their babies, found it easier just to take off.
Stellar Premier Staffing was established by Katie Morin in 2017 after 15 years of successfully placing Newborn Care Specialists and Nannies for other placement agencies. Stellar Premier Staffing will place interns and experienced Newborn Care Specialists and Newborn Nannies who took the Gentle Venture's Training Course. Please send your resume to Stellar Premier Staffing at [email protected] ​ ​
Still Standing Magazine, LLC, shares stories from around the world of writers surviving the aftermath of loss, infertility - and includes information on how others can help. This is a page for all grieving parents. If you grieve the loss of your child, no matter the circumstances, you are welcome here.

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