To care for a sick child, parents may need to leave their jobs, put their lives on hold, and face overwhelming choices. Your gift supports our family-centered care: from big needs, like temporary housing and financial assistance, to small kindnesses that relieve stress. Families can focus on what's most important, their child. These services, so necessary and compassionate, are not covered by insurance.
patient family housing
Families travel from all over the world for the medical expertise only Boston Children's can offer. This year families spent 14,678 nights in safe, subsidized housing.
meal + parking vouchers
Over 20,000 meal vouchers sustain families whose savings may be depleted by the expenses of caring for a sick child. Our parking program helps over 1,300 families in need.
Staying in the hospital around the clock can drain spirits and energy. Yoga classes, Reiki, massages, family coffee groups and other services ease stress and restore energy.
support sessions, interpreters
Having a sick child can affect the entire family, including siblings. Social workers and support sessions make families feel less alone.
We offer over 100 interpreters and 20 languages to help families who don't speak English talk to doctors and caregivers.