Dozens of local families have just found out their children's daycare is closing in four weeks. Now, they are left to scramble for facilities that can serve their special children with special needs. News Channel Six's Dee Griffin has more on how this is affecting families.
"They have truly been a godsend," says worried mother Naomi Williams.
For the past three years, Naomi Williams has relied on one place to provide a plethora of needs for her son Noah who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth. The center called Pediatric Services of America, or PSA, has been a valuable resource for both Williams and Noah.
Williams explains, "they're a facility that are trained to take care of children that are medically fragile. They're staffed with CNAs, LPNs and Rns."
PSA has opened doors of opportunities for daycare and medical help for Noah while his mother works.
On Wednesday, center managers announced the company's plans to shut down the local operation closing the door on quality daycare for young differently abled students and patients.
"It's unnerving not knowing where you're going to go or what you're going to do," adds Williams.
Williams says PSA offers services to upward of 25 patients like Noah daily. Parents were notified that the facility will close in four weeks and there are no other centers like PSA in the CSRA. Williams says it's not enough time to get evaluations for a public school with space and qualifications. "So it's not like parents can call today and then get scheduled for an evaluation tomorrow. It could be two months," says Williams.
Although she has more questions than answers about her son's immediate future, Williams says she will continue to be a voice for those who can't speak in hopes of getting help for those who can't help themselves. "Life goes on. We will adapt. God will make a way. But I just couldn't sit silent and just let them rip the rug out from under us," reflects Williams.
News Channel Six called PSA and was directed to their public relations representative in Atlanta. That person has not contacted the station with a response from the center.
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