Our Neighbor: Lancaster Haven

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by CYNTHIA IZAGUIRRE / WFAA

wfaa.com

Posted on February 25, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 25 at 12:21 PM

AZLE - Tuesday morning's "Our Neighbor" has a special calling to help foster children who are ill and have been abandoned.

The husband-wife team are foster parents to vulnerable children, and they do it with love.
   
Lancaster Haven is home for medically fragile foster children. Steve and Melody Lancaster opened the Azle non-profit facility in early February.
 
"All of my children have life-threatening disorders," said Mrs. Lancaster. "I've been told by doctors over and over again they won't live past two or they won't live past six, and of course they've all exceeded all of that."

The Lancasters are licensed to care for up to 10 children, who come to them through Child Protective Services. The stories of abuse are hard to believe.

"Such broken homes, abuse, trauma, strangulations," Mrs. Lancaster said.

One toddler is on life support, another child was born underdeveloped and one five year-old has severe cerebral palsy.

"Every single day that we come over here and these kids have either rolled over and looked at you or made some type of attempt to let you know that they're there," Mrs. Lancaster said. "It’s rewarding."

Lancaster Haven is a fully handicap accessible home with a nurse for each child 24-7. All the medical equipment is donated, but the Lancaster's built the home out of their own pockets and are still trying to come up with money to finish off the driveway.

They're also in dire need of a handicap van to transport the children since they currently use  their own vehicles.

It is all in hopes of providing a better quality of life for the very special kids.

The Lancasters currently have six spaces available at the home right now. For those who want more information on how to place a child with them or how they might be able to help, e-mail cizzy@wfaa.com.

Also, if you know someone we can feature in an Our Neighbor report, send me your e-mail at cizzy@wfaa.com.

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