Who is Tala Beth, “Warrior Princess”?
We are so grateful to Christine, mother to young Tala, for sharing her family’s journey— Tell us about Tala! “Tala is a 2.5-year-old young girl, full of joy! Tala knows exactly what she likes and dislikes. She enjoys being part of the day-to-day activities of life, but ultimately loves the chaos, drama, and excitement of…Read More
Jacob’s Journey— growing and thriving with each day!
From Melisa, mother to Jacob: “Jacob joined our family via domestic adoption in September 2020, at 10 months of age. At the height of the global pandemic, we had the delight and honor of welcoming our son, Jacob, home forever! What a joy! Before Jacob’s adoption, we were aware that he had experienced global developmental…Read More
Meet Noah: a social butterfly who happens to be non-verbal
“Noah is full of life and laughter,” says Becci, mother to almost 3-year-old Noah. Noah is a social butterfly; he loves playing with his brothers and interacting with anyone who wants to talk to him. Noah is not able to use words to talk but that doesn’t stop him from communicating. Thanks to a collaboration…Read More
The first year is the hardest
“Having a baby with complex medical needs and being in the NICU for 48 days wasn’t what we had expected,” said Stephanie, mother to Madison who was born in January 2020 just before the COVID-19 pandemic began in the US. Stephanie recounts, “Dealing with the trauma of her birth, the uncertainty of her future, COVID,…Read More
On January 19th, I was on bed rest and about to go crazy. I was 4 cm, 80% effaced, and knew that Isaac could be born any day. That evening, as I was watching TV, I thought my water broke and it was finally time to go to the hospital and give a *natural* birth.…Read More
Simone is learning independence one step at a time!
“Simone is joy and light, and the center of our family,” said Nicole, mother to VIPS child Simone. She is a busy little girl, always moving and thriving on attention. She spends her days playing, dancing, and exploring the outdoors; specifically, the trees and flowers. She especially loves doing so with her family. Simone is…Read More
From VIPS kid to VIPS Board Member: Meet Paul Frazier
VIPS board member, Paul Frazier, brings a lot to the table. He is the father of a preschooler, a former educator, a businessman and a natural advocate with a charismatic personality and a heart of gold. But one of the strongest qualities Paul brings to his board responsibility is the critical perspective he has as a…Read More
Wallace Braveheart is a 20-month-old superstar!
Wallace has several diagnoses and is our miracle boy, hence his middle name Braveheart. We went from planning his funeral at 33 weeks during my pregnancy, to 193 days in the NICU/CICU following his birth, to home and thriving. We were introduced to VIPS once we were home for a few months and started to receive…Read More
Meet “Determined Dallin”!
“I never imagined that my son’s first best friends or play dates would be with his therapists,” said Jeanette, mother to 19 month old Dallin, a child who currently receives services through VIPS. Dallin was born with a brain condition called Periventricular Leukomalacia (PVL) which is caused by the softening of white brain tissue. Because…Read More
VIPS AMBASSADOR, BRIA BYRD, RAISES AWARENESS OF AMBLYOPIA
Louisville, KY – November 10, 2020 Bria Byrd is a sophomore at Elizabethtown High School and an ambassador to Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS), a nonprofit based in Louisville, focused on providing education and intervention services to children born with blindness or visual impairment in Kentucky or Indiana. Byrd chose VIPS as the charity she…Read More