Mentor Support Program
Connecting families experienced at managing a child’s complex medical care with those of more recently diagnosed children, this program provides valuable guidance and support navigating the medical care system as well as family and financial hurdles.
This big brother/big sister-like-program pairs patients and their siblings (little Pals) with adult volunteers (big Pals) to participate in fun and recreational activities outside the medical setting
SMILE (Students Making It a Little Easier)
VCU’s School of Medicine program pairing medical students with pediatric patients helps provide welcome distraction — and smiles — during long days at the hospital seeking treatment. We expanded the program to enable previously unserved pediatric patients to engage in relationships with both medical and nursing students for recreational and emotional support throughout their treatment.
High-quality tote bags for parents and backpacks for children are stocked with comfort items for long and unexpected hospital stays — including books, toys and Kindle Fires — as well as organizational resources for managing the child’s medical care.
Moments Caregiver Support Group
Run through the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, this monthly support group provides opportunities for caregivers to connect in a safe, nurturing and supportive community through workshops, speakers and other educational opportunities.
Caring for a child with medical complexity generates a financial burden on families, and we assist families with associated costs of seeking treatment such as meals, transportation expenses and more.
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