Transition care home dedicated

LILBURN - The first and only licensed children's transitional care center in the nation will welcome its first residents next week.

On Tuesday, Dream House for Medically Fragile Children's Family for Keeps Transition Care Home was dedicated in honor of the state representative who drafted legislation to create the licensure that made the home possible.

"Clay Cox has been a dedicated supporter of Dream House and the children and families we serve," said Laura Moore, founder of the Gwinnett-based nonprofit organization. "Representative Cox knows about true health care reform - keeping our children out of institutional care, and instead, enabling them to live at home with a family where they belong."

Dream House equips families and caregivers with the knowledge necessary to care for children with complex health issues who are fully dependent on medications, equipment and therapies.

The Transition Care Home in Lilburn will offer education skills and training through the Family for Keeps education program in an environment in which biological, foster and adoptive parents can learn to care for their children before making the transition from hospitalization to home.

The home is licensed to serve up to six children at once, many of whom may have never lived in a home environment.

"What you have done," Moore told Cox, "what all of you have done," she said, addressing those who attended Tuesday's dedication, "is going to have a significant impact, not just here but with thousands of children and hopefully set a standard that others will attempt to achieve and live up to in the future."