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Moving to Saint Croix with child with Down Syndrome

Jennifer8119
August 08, 2016 10:56AM

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I will soon be moving to Saint Croix with my teenage son who has Down syndrome. I'm hoping to hear if other families have done so, and if the services in the island were able to meet their needs. Please let me know if you are out there! Thank you.

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CruzanIron
August 08, 2016 01:03PM

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Jennifer8119
I will soon be moving to Saint Croix with my teenage son who has Down syndrome. I'm hoping to hear if other families have done so, and if the services in the island were able to meet their needs. Please let me know if you are out there! Thank you.

What are your health insurance arrangements?

Re: Moving to Saint Croix with child with Down Syndrome

Devlin
August 13, 2016 10:41PM

Registered: 1 year ago
Posts: 7

Hi Jennifer,
I moved my family to STX a few years ago for work from Puerto Rico. I was highly compensated, had excellent international medical coverage, and a 10k annual allowance per child for educational services. Our youngest child of six (at the time age six) is on the autism spectrum. Long story short, we found the public schools were not equipped to handle typical kiddos, much less our guy; private schools were (probably wisely) unwilling; speech and occupational services were virtually nonexistent. Unless you have the money to bring a support team with you, and house them, STX is no place for someone who requires significant support. We loved being there, our typical kids were very happy in Good Hope School, but it was absolutely the wrong thing to do for our special needs child at that point in his development. Fortunately my dw reached that conclusion fairly quickly, and talked to me; we moved back stateside within the year. It's not clear from your note what you are seeking in terms of support, but if it is more than a semi-annual checkup, the VI does not have the infrastructure in place to help your child. Best wishes whatever you decide.

Re: Moving to Saint Croix with child with Down Syndrome

Alana33
August 15, 2016 12:16PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,847

Check with this poster about her experiences.
You can PM (private message) her.
See link.

[www.vimovingcenter.com]

Good luck.

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