Dear friends and family of the Fullers,
I have set up this Go Fund Me on behalf of the Fuller's autistic son, Zane. There is an urgent need for funds to continue his treatment in a residential treatment center. The therapy is helping, but finances and insurance have been exhausted. Below is a detailed explanation of their situation. Please know that every penny will go to Zane's treatment and that any amount helps. One dollar helps! For those of us in a financial position to help, let's be the hands and feet of Christ to the Fullers. I know that they also greatly appreciate your prayers.
Our youngest son Zane was adopted from Russia when he was nine months old. Born at just 26 weeks and weighing only 2.1 pounds, he has always been a survivor!
Through the years, Zane has had significant, constant struggles related to his low birth weight, autism, reactive attachment disorder, social anxiety, and other challenges. The past 15 years have been full of interventions and services to help position Zane for success including speech, physical, and occupational therapy; ABA therapy for as many as 35 hours a week; and educational support through 504s and IEPs. Zane has been fortunate to have a host of caring adults who have poured into his life and championed on his behalf. He has made incredible strides and in many ways, seems pretty “normal.” There have been many smiles along the journey, and of course, many tears, as well.
Unfortunately, adolescence has intensified his special needs, resulting in more frequent poor behaviors with potentially serious consequences. Now 16, he has become a physically vibrant, strong young man. In May, after months of physical aggression, opposition, and conflict in the home and at school, we reluctantly enrolled Zane in a residential treatment center (RTC). Our goals were to help him break negative patterns that threatened his safety and the safety of those around him and to equip Zane to return home eventually.
Thus far, the results from RTC have been positive. He has been working on impulse control, learning about emotional regulation, getting used to voicing his needs appropriately, and changing his thought patterns. These all need to continue if Zane is to be successful in life.
We’ve run into several brick walls, however, most notably funding challenges. Nearly every one of the professionals who have worked with Zane suggest he needs RTC. Sadly, there is no insurance nor Medicaid coverage available for an on-going, long-term residential therapy program.
We have gladly paid a lot of out-of-pocket costs caring for and nurturing Zane through the years, but we cannot personally afford RTC. The costs are prohibitive - up to $15,000/month for a good program with qualified, caring staff who know how to help kids with complex challenges like Zane’s.
We have no choice but to prematurely have Zane discharged from RTC at the end of this month. Departing from the program early will, according to his therapist, likely result in the loss of most of the positive results achieved there. Without the intense support of an RTC, Zane will likely struggle at home and in school, perhaps needing legal intervention - which we would very much like to avoid!
We believe that God brought Zane into this world for a great purpose and that He brought Zane to our family so we could be part of that “larger story.” We believe Zane has some wonderful skills and abilities that, with the right structure and support, over a long period, can lead him to become a happy, productive individual who is largely self-supporting. And we believe God will provide, as we have seen Him do generously time and again.
John and Dena Fuller