Resources for Parents

The following are a few helpful organizations, often found in various medical setting, that are committed to helping children and families not only cope with a difficult and health diagnosis or various hospitalizations, but also thrive.

  • Starlight Starbright: is a nationally run organization working to foster the normalization of the medical experience for seriously ill children and their families during hospitalization. Partnering with various pediatric settings they work to  provide child friendly events, programming, education and play materials to improve quality of life.

For more information visit: http://www.starlight.org/

  • Kids Wish Networkis a nationally recognized charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children. Kids Wish Network assists children and their families through several key programs, two of which are their “wish granting” program and the “Hero of the Month” program (HOTM). In short, the HOTM program seeks to recognize children (ages 3-18) who, while not having medically life threatening illnesses, continue to endure painfully difficult medical circumstances.

For more information visit: http://kidswishnetwork.org/

  • Make a Wish Foundation: is a nationally recognized charitable organization dedicated to granting wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses and conditions.

For more information visit: http://www.wish.org

  • Children’s Wish Foundation is a nationally run organization working to foster the normalization of the medical experience for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families during hospitalization. Partnering with various pediatric settings they offer a number of helpful services including “wish fulfillment” and hospital enrichment programming to improve quality of life.

For more information visit: http://childrenswish.org

  • Reach Out and Read (ROR) is a birth-three years of age literacy program aimed and promoting both a love for reading within the child and household at large. As we know children, especially those who are medically fragile, spend quite a good bit of time in the hospital setting. Through the ROR program, medical providers are able to incorporate literacy counseling to parents and key child development assessments into health visits in a non-threatening way. Parents ultimately feel supported by their pediatrician (or medical staff member) as they work in tandem to enhance the cognitive growth of the child through this early literacy initiative. By modeling for parents more enjoyable ways to read out loud to their children, each child is guaranteed to get the most information and delight from each story.

For more information visit: http://reachoutandread.org/

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