STAR Seeks Pediatric PT for Luoyang, China
What is the mission?
Show Hope’s mission is to engage the individuals, communities, and the church to care for orphans and reduce the barriers to adoption.
What is the purpose?
To provide in-house pediatric physical therapy services to children with special needs with the emphasis of care on proper developmental sequencing for gross and fine motor activity to allow for improved functional independence.
What was the stimulus?
In 2012, STAR sent a group of physical therapists as part of a medical team that would provide care for orphans with special needs in Luoyang, China. As is often the case with this type of trip, we found an overwhelming desire to give more consistency of care. The expertise that STAR’s team was able to provide set the stage for what could be possible in emerging care in the future. In 2013, a subsequent trip to China confirmed that a full-time presence of a pediatric physical therapist would not be a luxury, but a necessity. That trip set the wheels in motion to develop a plan to provide this loving service to the children under care.
So how do we meet the need?
STAR Physical Therapy, US Physical Therapy, and Show Hope have teamed up with the Show Hope medical staff to build a bridge of hope and provide physical therapy care for children with special needs. There are over 300 children who have been orphaned in Show Hope’s five special care centers. At least one third of these children will need some form of daily physical therapy.
How do I apply?
We are now in the process of identifying and accepting resumes for the first full-time pediatric physical therapist to be hope, give hope, restore hope, and share hope. This commitment will require a six month or one year commitment to live at Maria’s Big House of Hope in Luoyang, China. If you feel called, or know a friend who has a heart to care for the needs of orphans, or to simply find out more, please visit www.showhope.org/ChinaPT or contact Amy Melton at Amy.Melton@starpt.com or (931) 393-4494.