The Grace Green Story
On August 19, 2000, we received a call from our social worker about a little girl who was born 8 weeks premature. She was born to a mother who was addicted to crystal meth and alcohol and she had multiple medical problems. The social worker could only tell us that they didn’t believe that she would feed properly, walk, or talk. Boy was she wrong on all three.
Grace was very quiet when we brought her home and all she did was sleep for the first 8 months. Her birth mother stuck around for the first year and then vanished. Rick and I decided that we wanted to adopt Grace so we turned in our paperwork and waited. Our day came on October 21st Danielle Green became our forever child.
Grace has had her share of ups and downs. Once she turned 5, the diagnoses started coming and didn’t stop until she turned 13 (the latest was March 2014). Grace’s main diagnosis is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome but her list goes on from there. She has mental retardation, mild Cerebral Palsy, OCD, ODD, ADHD, Bi-Polar, wheat and peanut allergies, and now Bile Reflux. Someone asked me how she can function with all of her disabilities and I just laughed. She is the most outgoing child you will ever meet and she never meets a stranger.
We started thinking about a way for her to function more in public and at home without us being her constant companions every minute of the day. I then found out about dogs for child with FAS and started researching options. 4 Paws For Ability was the answer we needed and Grace was so excited at the prospect of having her own dog. You see, Grace has major meltdowns and cannot be left alone. Even in the store, she will meltdown over food or toys and we have to leave and go back without her. I want her to have a way to soothe herself during the meltdowns without us being her only option. Grace cannot play outside of our sight because she will go with anyone and it scares me when I cannot see her.
This is the first glimmer of hope that we have found for Grace and we cannot wait for her to receive her new friend. I am only worried about what name she is going to give him/her because everything she has is named “Grace!”
To help, click “Donate now!” or mail a check with Grace Green in the memo line to:
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Grace Green
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio 45385