Fresh Start Surgeries Transform Lives of Foster Children

Volunteer medical professionals reach out to disadvantaged foster children.

Denalee Chapman January 05, 2015
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An off-shoot of Fresh Start Surgeries in San Diego, the Fresh Start Caring for Kids Foundation kicked off their lifetime of giving in June with its very first surgery day. Foster child, Michael Harris, was one of the recipients of this day of giving.

Michael is the foster child of Debby and Jim Harris. Through the years, the couple has taken in many foster children with medical issues, some of whom they have adopted. Grateful for the Fresh Start Caring for Kids Foundation, Michael isn’t the only one of their foster children to receive treatment. One of their teen foster kids received medical treatment for a procedure to repair his cleft lip and palate.

The foundation holds several surgery days a year, inviting medical professionals of all specialties to volunteer their time. In addition to the surgery days, long term help is also provided when needed. For example, speech therapy is needed after a cleft palate repair. There are many surgeries that require several procedures, months apart. The foundation is dedicated to providing as much care as is required to fix the medical issues.

Foster and adoptive parents — as well as parents of any child needing special medical surgery — may apply for a grant on behalf of the child.

The non-profit foundation also welcomes help beyond medical volunteers. For those interested in donating time or money, the website lists several opportunities.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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