Adoption agencies around the country are in need of interim care providers for newborns.
Everyone loves a newborn, but there’s a way to play an important role in the life of a new baby that many people don’t know anything about. It’s called interim caregiving, and it’s a volunteer position that involves caring for newborn babies while their mothers decide whether or not to place them for adoption.
The need for interim caregivers made headlines this week after a New York agency, Spence-Chapin, put out a call for five to 10 families who’d be willing to go through the necessary training to foster and care for infants in need. According to ABC News, their need mirrors the needs of agencies all around the country, and the story quickly went viral as many assumed interim care just meant dropping by a local hospital to get free baby snuggles.
There are agencies out there who need volunteers to interact with babies in their nurseries, but there’s a lot more to being an interim caregiver than just cuddling. Interim care providers are responsible for around the clock in-home infant care. The process to become a caregiver requires a background check, training, and home visits. It also requires essentially acting as the sole provider for a newborn while their birth parents figure out the plan for their lives going forward. The cost of transportation, diapers, formula, car seats, pediatrician visits, and anything else the baby might need is covered by the agency, but it’s up to caregivers to “make sure newborns get a loving start.”