SPECIAL SITTERS: MORE THAN A SUMMER JOB

FORT WORTH-Parents of disabled children are well aware of the problems surrounding child care for their youngsters. Now, thanks to a pilot program called “special sitters,” Fort Worth’s First Texas Council of Campfire Girls hopes to provide a solution.

The local branch was among five cities selected nationwide to participate in the program, which is designed to train teenagers to baby-sit developmen-tally delayed children. A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant provided the initial investment to establish the program. That money was used to train 20 teens, says Carla Garber, project manager, who will negotiate wages and provide the special services that disabled children need. A preliminary study showed that most parents of disabled children welcomed the service, Garber says. She adds that the response has been so positive that the organization plans to train another group later this year.

The special sitters program serves as a link between parents in the community and teenagers who want to earn extra money. For information on the program, contact Garber at 831-2111.

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