THERAPY 2000 Executive Director Ira Kirkley and family were chosen to represent foster families at plan unveiling of the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.

THERAPY 2000 Executive Director Ira Kirkley and his family were chosen to represent foster families in North Texas at the unveiling of plans to open the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.  Did you know that in Texas one child is placed in foster care every 30 minutes? Now thanks to a $18.9 million dollar donation from the Rees-Jones Foundation, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas will be home to the first health care program specifically designed for foster children in the State of Texas.

Many kids enter foster care with a variety of physical and emotional needs that must immediately be met.  Dr. Anu Partap, Director of the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence and Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at UT Southwestern, shared that children in foster care often have three times as many special needs and mental health issues as children who are not in the foster care system. She says early diagnosis and treatment could save the children from problems in the years ahead.

Ira Kirkley, Executive Director of Strategic Development at THERAPY 2000 and adoptive father of Alex is well aware, thanks to his home and work life, of the importance of early intervention on a foster child’s future.  The Kirkleys adopted Alex and her two siblings through the foster care system.  Alex was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at one year old. Many foster and adopted children who come from a background of neglect or abuse benefit from therapy.  The Company he is a part of, THERAPY 2000 offers in –home pediatric speech, occupational and physical therapy across the state of Texas.  Additionally, he and his wife serve on the leadership team of Tapestry Ministries, a leading regional adoptive and foster care ministry.

Many children who are part of the Texas foster care system will benefit from the new Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence at Children’s. Children’s Medical Center is on track to open two additional foster care facilities in North Texas, and they have plans to open even more at a later date. “We’re putting in place programs and services that will help our kids recover and heal, change how they think about their futures, get them back on track because they have lost their childhoods along the way,” said Dr. Partap.

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Team Hoyt accepts ESPY “Jimmy V ” Award

Dick and Rick Hoyt are the father-and-son team who has run 31 Boston Marathons together so far.  Dick pushes his son Rick who has cerebral palsy in a wheelchair the 26.2 miles every year. Last night they were honored with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs.  Rick Hoyt shared his thoughts via electronic device, “Thirty-seven years ago, no one would even talk to us, but because my Dad said yes when I asked him to push me in the first race, and my family, especially my brothers Rob and Russ, have always stood by us and helped us persevere, even with so many people telling us we did not belong, we are here.” They are amazing examples for everyone , proving the words of Jimmy Valvano the late North Carolina State men’s basketball coach the award was named after, “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.'” The Boston natives were going to hang up their running shoes with this last marathon but due to circumstances they decided they will run in next year’s marathon too.  Dick, the father, shared this takeaway with the audience, “Next time you see someone in a wheelchair or who can’t talk or walk, or they may  talk or walk a little bit different, they are people too and deserve to be able to  live, learn work and play. “

 

A Day in the Life of a THERAPY 2000 home health speech therapist in Dallas, Texas

Watch the following video diary from Holly, a home health speech therapist in Dallas and THERAPY 2000 team member.

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