FREE AND LOW COST MEDICAL HELP FOR CHILDREN
WITH DISABILITIES/SPECIFIC DISEASES/CONDITIONS/MEDICAL NEEDS
It is hard enough to have a sick child in the family . Then to have financial worries on top of that can be almost too hard to handle. Following are some places where you will hopefully be able to find assistance to help take over some of the financial challenges for you.
SONGS OF LOVE
Here is a wonderful service for children and teens who may be physically ill , emotionally compromised or going through a tough life experience. It is called Songs of Love. It is a free service where songwriters will write a song just for your child or teen . To learn more , go here :
A wonderful resource from fellow Aidmate , Elaine of TSA .
Here is the description of what type of help you will find on this site :
|"Find medical information and resources for children with special needs, chronic illness and disabilities such as: autism, cancer, cerebral palsy, ADHD, ADD and more here at Brave Kids. Brave Kids provides parents and children with information on health services, financial assistance, support groups, child care, dental assistance, camps, transportation and physical therapy to name a few. |
Brave Kids provides thousands of resources nationwide for special needs children, plus local resources in: San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles and Orange County, Washington DC / Baltimore, Seattle, Memphis, Pensacola, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Miami, Palm Beach, Ft. Myers, Naples, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay / St. Petersburg Area, Buffalo and Syracuse. Our resources and health care service listings are expanding into more cities every year."
When serious illness strikes the children of single parents, this foundation eases some of the pain.
FOR SINGLE PARENTS WITH SICK KIDS
If you are fortunate to live near any of the medical facilities listed on the following page , you can get assistance for rent , groceries , and more , so that you can concentrate on being with your sick child.
Aubrey Rose has grants to help pay for PAST DUE BILLS having to due with a seriously ill child . According to the site they are talking about 'life threatening illnesses ' .Check it out to see if your child qualifies. Here is the page to apply for the grant.
United Health Care
What they do :
"What does the Foundation do?
The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity dedicated to facilitating access to medical-related services that have the potential to significantly enhance either the clinical condition or the quality of life of the child and that are not fully covered by the available commercial health benefit plan. This “support” is in the form of a medical grant to be used for medical services not covered or not completely covered by commercial health benefit plans. "
FREE HOSPITAL CARE FOR CHILDREN
- Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of 22 pediatric hospitals in the U.S., Canada and Mexico providing specialized care for orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. All services are provided at no charge.
Eligibility for care is not based on financial need or relationship to a Shriner."
- ST. JUDES CHILDRENTS RESEARCH HOSPITAL
Acceptance is based on the patient's eligibility for an ongoing treatment study, regardless of a patient’s race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality or ability to pay.
All patients accepted for treatment at St. Jude are treated without regard to the family's ability to pay. St. Jude covers all costs of treatment at St. Jude beyond those reimbursed by third-party insurers, and total costs at St. Jude when no insurance is available. St. Jude also provides assistance with transportation costs and local living expenses during treatments (see Travel and Where to Stay in Related Topics).
HELP FOR FAMILIES WITH CRITICALLY ILL CHILDREN
- Jessica's Hope Chest, Inc.
"(a foundation for critically ill children) is dedicated to helping critically ill children up to the age of eighteen (18) years old (but not past the child's eighteenth birthday). Jesica's Hope Chest, will assist families with critically ill children and help cover costs of necessities which are not covered by private medical insurance and/or government medical assistance programs . We will help cover the cost of transportation to and from medical facilities, and help fund housing costs when medical treatment is at a hospital far from home. We will also help families purchase specialized equipment and formulas. Below is a list of other activities that Jesica's Hope Chest, Inc. (A Foundation for Critically Ill Children) will be providing but shall not be limited to;
Assist child life specialist with activities and interact with children and families in the children's medical centers and pediatric clinics.
Assist patients, families, and staff members with locating appropriate health related information (books, journals, internet information, etc.)
Serve as liaison between patients and staff members in the identification of potential patient needs, problems, or complaints.
Provide follow up services, such as helping families cover the cost of lifesaving medications for children up to the age of (18) eighteen.
Help locate Universities, hospital and/or other child help organizations who may provide financial assistance for major surgical procedures, and other lifesaving medical needs. "
- This organization provides for a wide range of services for children with disabilities.
"We are a non-profit organization which supports the needs of medically and physically challenged children.
We exist to increase lifestyle opportunities and quality of life for recipients by providing equipment and/or services that would not otherwise be affordable. "
HELP FOR SPECIFIC CONDITIONS/DISEASES
- FOR CHILDREN WHO NEED WHEELCHAIRS AND MOBILTY AIDS
Requests for Handicapped Wheelchair Vans and Vehicles - via Email-
"Please let us know if you are in need of a handicapped adapted vehicle. Contact us via email at
Request-Vehicle@SpecialKidsFund.org with :
(1) details of the type of accessible vehicle you are in need of
(2) disability involved
(3) financial need
(4) your location, with Zip Code
(requests by email only; no calls, please)
Family must demonstrate that they do not have the resources to afford a vehicle on their own and show a good driving record. They will also be required to carry car insurance.
Although we have been successful in placing a number of used vans for clients looking for accessible transportation, in the past; we can make no guarantees as to availability, time frame or location of the vehicles. As one may imagine, the number of requests exceeds the number of donations. Your submission of a request will put your name in process for evaluation.
- If your child is in a wheelchair , here is a great free program for them
"WOW (WINNERS ON WHEELS) was established in 1991 as a non profit organization for children who use wheelchairs.
WOW is a social/recreation program designed to assist children in developing positive self-esteem and to promote independence through attendance at Circle meetings.
WOW Circle Meetings provide a structure for Winners to try new endeavors at least twice a month with the leadership of trained volunteers.
WOW Curriculum includes a progression of challenges, activities and awards for children as they set attainable goals for themselves and experience personal achievements.
WOW Winners make new friends in their Circles as they also make new discoveries about themselves."
- MORE FOR ASSISTIVE DEVICES , MEDICAL HELP , AND MORE FOR PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED KIDS
"The Challenged America
Website is a medium through which disadvantaged, physically challenged children (or with help from parents) submit requests for medical attention, rehabilitative therapy and/or assistive devices they would otherwise be unable to obtain. The benefits to the children go far beyond the physical. Assistance from Challenged America can improve their quality of life, help them gain confidence and self-esteem, and ease their reentry into the community. The encouragement and support from Randy and his organization, alone, can result in their becoming inspired to conquer adversity and lead productive and rewarding lives."
*We are currently able to grant appropriations for up to a maximum of $500, so please submit requests accordingly.
- DCRF grant applications
may be used for modest awards for assistive devices, rehabilitative services, arts and humanities projects, or for efforts to bolster compliance with existing laws for the benefit of children with disabilities. Applications may be submitted by families (parent or guardian) for an individual child, or by a non-profit organization for a small group of children.
Applications are available between April and September, by writing to:
Disabled Children's Relief Fund
P.O. Box 89
Freeport, New York 11520
- ANOTHER GRANT PROGRAM FOR DISABLED CHILDREN
- ( Thank you Elaine of TSA !)
Here is a useful page with resource links about disabled children and where to find help . This one is different though . It has many links on how to adopt a disabled child. There are many children out there that deserve a loving home !
- FOR CHILDREN WITH CYSTIC FIBROSIS
"An all-volunteer Foundation dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by cystic fibrosis. The majority of our funds have been used to provide temporary financial assistance to families throughout Northern New England by obtaining medicines and medical supplies; providing fuel, food and transportation; keeping telephone services intact; and averting eviction from homes. "
- FOR CHILDREN WITH CHILDHOOD CANCERS
from the Childhood Cancer Foundation , here is a large page of connections to organizations that help pay for many challenges associated with childhood cancer :
Another page full of support groups , financial assistance and more for challenges related to childhood cancer :
- Another page for children with cancer
Many organizations are listed here. The credit for finding this very helpful site comes from our fellow Aidmate , Elaine of TSA .
This site is pretty comprehensive , with peer support , family support , links , resources and more .
Welcome to the Ped-Onc Resource Center, a web site for parents, friends, and families of children who have or had childhood cancer. This resource center was created by and for people who know young people who are recovering from cancer.
The list below is from a great site called Pediatric Oncology Resource Center .
Go to this site for TONS of wonderful support and help :
- FOR CHILDREN WITH LIVER DISEASES
Guidelines for Direct Family Support
The purpose of “direct family support” is to provide a source of financial assistance to families of pediatric patients, ages 0-21, suffering from liver disease who are unable to afford necessary services. It is intended as a source of funds after all other avenues have been exhausted.
- FOR CHILDREN WITH MENTAL ISSUES
When a child is battling mental challenges , everyone in their life should be called to support the child. Here is a page listing programs that support this theory . The programs are listed for each state and also include a person to contact. This is not necessarily a free program , but if you get in touch with the contact person , they will help you sort the financial aspect out.
WISH FULFILLMENT ORGANIZATIONS
Here is a list of wish fufillment organizations. Many have specific conditions for granting wishes (specific medical condition , age of child ,geographical location , etc. )
This is the direct link to how the Make-a-Wish foundation works :
FOR CHILDREN with HEARING challenges
This site has free resources for parents and teachers of hard of hearing children.
I don't usually list for-profit organizations , however , this is a great product if you have a child with allergies and sensitivities. It is all natural play dough . In all natural scents. They also make one for children who need gluten free dough . A great offering for children who would love to use a play dough but haven't been able to because of an allergy or sensitivity that may make their condition worse ( such a ADHD) They are also wonderful aromatherapy. I think that many adults would love it too. I am thinking of getting some ; )
I will add more as I find it. I hope to find help for a great variety of childhood medical challenges.-soulight
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