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Roni Adopt a Special Child at the RTC

Roni is a child with a past heíd like to forget. By the time he was eight, he had already spent three years in a childrenís psychiatric ward. Thankfully, Roni was placed at the Residential Treatment Center (RTC) in Jerusalem and has started down the long road to recovery.

For more than 60 years, Jewish Women International (JWI) members and donors have adopted children like Roni into their hearts and minds. Each year, through JWIís Day of Care Campaign for the Residential Treatment Center, our dedicated chapter members, donors and supporters give time, energy and resources to help provide the healing care that severely at-risk children need to rebuild their fractured lives.

This yearís campaign, "Adopt a Special Child," offers an opportunity you have long asked for: to "adopt" a boy or girl for whom you can provide care for a day, two days, a week, a month or even longer. The chair of the campaign is Wendy Rosen, JWIís national RTC chair.

The Day of Care Campaign is based on a simple premise: giving a child a dayís worth of carefood, housing, education and therapyin the RTCís world-renowned healing environment. Under the loving care of teachers, counselors, psychologists and social workers, the children make their arduous journey toward recovery. Due to the diminished support for social services that Israelís government is able to provide to the RTC, we are being called on to help as much as we can. This year, each day of care costs $120.

Every childeven the most troubledis special. When Roni came to the RTC, he expressed himself through aggressive outbursts. Considering his background, the behavior wasnít surprising. Roniís parents, new immigrants from Russia, had a violent marriage. When Roniís younger sister was born, his alcoholic father had violent outbursts toward her. The parents blamed it on Roni, who was placed in a childrenís psychiatric ward. But when he arrived at the RTC, it quickly became clear that beneath the hard shell of anger and pain was a soft core that invited contact and encouraged others to care. Now Roni has formed close relationships with his caregivers and is showing signs that he may one day realize his potential.

Because of your support, Roni has both the hope and the help to heal. If you, your chapter, council or network would like to learn more about him or another special girl or boy you can "adopt," contact Renee Eder, chapter services specialist, at or 800-343-2823.