Illness-specific foundation

Fun and games

Terminal care

Practical assistance

There are basically three kinds of foundations who work to meet the needs of sick kids: those who focus on specific illnesses, those that work with any child diagnosed with a terminal diagnosis, such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and those who work to support sick children in a variety of ways to make their lives easier, happier and hopeful. These foundations provide huge comfort and support to both sick children and their families.

Foundations for sick children

Illness-specific foundations 

One of the biggest needs of parents is for information centers where they can direct inquiries, rather than having to turn to their doctors with every question. Foundations, such as the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, Epilepsy Outlook, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, are easily identifiable groups who offer expertise and support around these specific conditions. They can advise on treatment methods, lifestyle adjustments and provide psychological support.
Practical assistance

Practical assistance

Most school districts offer teaching services for children not able to attend school and will visit sick children either in the hospital or at home to provide them with lessons, activities and reporting to help them keep up with their education.
SKIP of New York meets the needs of sick kids in their homes through practical assistance, such as fitting shower chairs, support rails and offering hourly respite care. They also provide educational and developmental support while educating parents and caregivers. They aim to make home a safe and happy place for sick and disabled children and to keep their families connected to their wider communities.

Fun and games

The Confetti Foundation specializes in providing birthday parties for children in hospitals, tailoring the menu, games, and theme to the needs and condition of the sick child.
Child’s Play collect and distribute toys to children’s hospitals all over America and internationally, mainly through the support of video game enthusiasts. Starlight Children’s Foundation also aims to brighten the hospital experience of children by bringing in toys, games, special visitors and safe play equipment into children’s hospitals.The Confetti Foundation specializes in providing birthday parties for children in hospitals, tailoring the menu, games, and theme to the needs and condition of the sick child.
Child’s Play collect and distribute toys to children’s hospitals all over America and internationally, mainly through the support of video game enthusiasts. Starlight Children’s Foundation also aims to brighten the hospital experience of children by bringing in toys, games, special visitors and safe play equipment into children’s hospitals. Perhaps the most well-known foundation for sick kids is Make-A-Wish, which helps critically sick children achieve a dream or goal while undergoing treatment.Perhaps the most well-known foundation for sick kids is Make-A-Wish, which helps critically sick children achieve a dream or goal while undergoing treatment.

Terminal care

The Hospice Movement has homes dedicated to providing end-of-life care for children. These can be used for respite needs, so that parents can rest while taking care of the round-the-clock needs of their sick child, knowing that their child is in safe and professional hands. The main focus of Hospice is to manage the patient’s pain, discomfort and distress in a loving and comforting manner as the child nears death. Families have 24-hour access to the facility and every effort is made to create a positive environment. The staff is generally made up of professional nurses, nursing assistants, and doctors, as well as admin and support staff. Medicaid and Medicare patients usually have their Hospice bills covered, as do most patients with health insurance; otherwise, charges are calculated on a sliding scale.