Organizations & Nonprofits

Child Life Profession

Association of Child Life Professionals– The board and certifying committee for child life specialists. Gather Information on the profession, how to become a specialist and additional resources for parents and caregivers.

Bank Street College of Education– Online Graduate Program in Child Life for new students and current Certified Child Life Specialists. They also have amazing workshops, speakers and opportunities for professional development

Centre for Pediatric Pain Research– Conducts high-quality research on how to better understand, assess, and manage children’s pain and translating this research into improved practice.

Child Life Disaster Relief– This nonprofit is training child life specialists and students to work with communities that have experienced a natural or man-made disaster.

Child Life Cooperative– Helping to advance the profession of child lief through reflection, support and equipping students.

Child Life on Call– A podcast for parents of children with an illness or medical condition.

Child Life Technology– Supports the application of technology to child life specialists.

Child Life United – Offering volunteer and practicum opportunities for child life students.

Everybody Stay Calm– Dr. Angela Mackenzie offers resources for caregivers and medical providers.

Functional Health and Wellness-Reflective supervision provided by Korie Leigh, PhD, CCLS, CT, FMCHC.

Kids Health– Great site for medical information broken down into three categories; parents, teens and kids.

Medline Plus– Great source for looking up reliable information on medical needs.

One VOICE 4 Kids– Training program for medical providers on supportive tools during medical procedures.

Rabbit Ray– Pediatric medical play teaching tool.

SpellBound– Improves pediatric patients healthcare experiences through augmented reality.

The Convenient Classroom– Online courses in preparation for the child life exam and webinars for continuing education.

The Discovery-Rethink Breast Cancer has collaborated with a child life specialist to create animation videos to teach kids about their mother’s diagnosis, treatment and living with breast cancer.

The Paediatric Nurse– Online professional development courses for medical providers.

Vilas Playroom Assessment Rubric VIPAR– Online assessment tool for your playroom, to measure if it is meeting the needs of all pediatric patients and families.

Walli-Kids Activity Posters– Wall and lap posters to help kids stay active and distracted while in a clinical setting.

Organizations Supporting Children and Families

Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels– Their mission is to bring dignity and comfort to the harsh reality of childhood cancer and other life threatening diseases.

Art with Heart – Is a nonprofit organization that helps children overcome trauma through creative expression.

ArtWorks The Naomi Cohain Foundation– Providing creative art programs to children and families facing chronic and life threatening illnesses. Based in the New York and New Jersey area.

Camp Sunshine– A retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Cellie Coping Kit– Provides children with a chronic illness valuable resources and activities.

Child Life Wish List.org– They help fund child life programs and bring awareness to the field.

Children’s Cancer Association– Providing free programs of music, friendship, nature to children and families.

Children’s Wish Foundation International– Nonprofit wish granting organization.

Centre For Pediatric Pain Research– Provides information to healthcare providers and parents on pediatric pain management.

Digging Deep– They provide an expressive outlet, called Shadow’s Edge for adolescents and young adults coping with illness.

Docyourstory– Production company specializing in personalized documentary films that capture life stories.

Food Allergy Life– Parent advocate and blogger about food allergy awareness

Health Care Toolbox– Guide to helping children and families cope with illness and injury.

Holiday Heroes– Provides parties and events to pediatric patients in the hospital.

Keaton’s Childhood Cancer Alliance– Providing financial, educational and emotional support to  families impacted by cancer.

Little Legacies– Provides one-on-one mentoring in writing for pediatric patients and families faced with serious and life altering medical conditions.

Luke’s FastBreaks– Provides hospital t-shirts with port access to pediatric patients free of charge.

Make a Wish Foundation– Giving wishes to children with a life threatening illness.

One VOICE 4 Kids– Training program for medical providers on supportive tools during medical procedures.

Project Sunshine– Nonprofit organization that provides free educational, recreational, and social programs to children and families living with medical challenges.

Sara’s Smiles Foundation– Nonprofit organization that provides resources for children and families battling and surviving cancer.

Songs of Love Foundation– Nonprofit organization that creates personalized songs, free of charge for children and adolescents coping with medical, physical and emotional challenges.

Standish Foundation for Children– This nonprofit is helping to transform the healthcare experience for children and families through education, advocacy, service and financial support.

Starlight Children’s Foundation– An amazing program creating moments of joy for hospitalized kids.

Supporting Children with Healthcare Needs in School– Sample of an Individual Healthcare Plan

The Discovery-Rethink Breast Cancer has collaborated with a child life specialist to create animation videos to teach kids about their mother’s diagnosis, treatment and living with breast cancer.

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp– This organization provides summer camps and programs to families coping with health challenges.

Team IMPACT– A nonprofit organization connecting children with a life threatening illness with a college athletic team. The kids become part of the team, attending practices, games and team meetings.

The Jared Box Project– They work with schools, girl scouts and team organizations to create shoe box sized containers filled with toys to be delivered to children in hospitals throughout the country.

The Magic Yarn Project – Creates children’s wigs made of yarn free of charge.

Wish Upon A Teen– They provide programs and comfort to adolescents coping with medical  challenges.

V.I.P. Hospital Productions– An amazing organization that makes customized books and movies for children and teens in the hospital.

Zaenah’s Blanket Foundation– Not-for-profit foundation servicing new mothers and infants with baby essentials in the New York area.

Grief, Loss and Bereavement Support

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep– Nonprofit organization that provides families with a gift of professional remembrance photographs   of the loss of a baby.

Regali Jewelry– Custom jewelry made from the fingerprints of the special people in your life.

Salt Water– An online community that provides comfort, support and tools for those coping with a loss.

The Center for H.O.P.E. Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center of Ne York offers amazing bereavement services to children and families.

The Dougy Center– National organization offering resources for families and children dealing with grief.

What’s Your Grief?– Information about grief, support for caregivers and professionals.

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