Catherine’s Children’s Home (Catherine’s) is a Christian nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization, founded in January 12, 2005 by philanthropist Jerry McTaggart. Catherine’s has facilities in Rosarito, Mexico where it provides room and board and professional rehabilitation therapy and medical treatments to orphaned children with special needs.
Catherine’s began receiving orphaned children in coordination with the Mexican Department of Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF) de Mexico (link to DIF). As of October of 2012, the facility in Rosarito was approved by the corresponding authorities and is now hosting 8 special needs orphaned children. Catherine’s facility is capable of hosting 20 full time and 15 out patient children.
All services provided at Catherine’s are free and the organization is open to the local community, serving without discrimination of age, political affiliation, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability type or religious belief.
Catherine’s mission is to transform the lives of underprivileged or abandoned, medically fragile special needs children by providing a loving home where their emotional, medical, educational, and spiritual needs are met, giving them an opportunity to live to their full potential. The house currently hosts 11 children and is set to receive an additional 5 children in the near future.
For the in-house care we have a paid staff of 11 people led by our Director of Operations, Miss Sue Fasino (Mama Sue) who is a professional physical therapist . Because of the high level of needs and care these children demand, we have a ratio of almost 1:1 staff to child.
The organization cares for the children 24/7/ 365 days a year with a staff covering day shifts, night shifts and weekends/holidays. Catherine’s has a Van that it uses to transport the children to and from doctor’s appointments. Mama Sue is responsible for the orphanage operations and scheduling doctor appointments, sourcing the medication and planning out with the doctors the rehabilitation therapy treatments needed by each individual child.
The current running cost of care per child is approximately $1,000.00 a month. Because of the medical needs and high ratio staff to child, our cost, is ten times the average cost of care for a non-special needs orphaned child in Baja California, Mexico. For this reason we are the only orphanage in Baja California exclusively dedicated to special needs children.