Once we are referred the names of a child the following blank forms are forwarded to the coordinating social worker and physician by the Wish Chairperson to be completed by the physician and the parents of the Wish child. If a social worker is not involved, the paperwork is sent directly to the family.
Once the completed paperwork is received, the Wish Chairperson discusses each child’s disease and condition with one of our advising physicians that serves on our Honorary Board. Depending on the level of information received from the Hospital at the time of the referral, our doctors may request additional information from the medical records. The family is asked to sign a release form providing our doctor access to the medical records.
Our doctor’s make a recommendation as to whether the disease and condition of the child are such that, in their medical opinion, the child has an illness that is life threatening age of 18. If Dr. Bellard approves the wish from a medical standpoint, the wish-granting process begins.
Once a wish is medically approved, the Wish Chairperson will assign a member or members to serve as “Wish Coordinators” who are primarily responsible for meeting with the child and their families and making the wish come true.
Funding of Wishes
Through the generosity of this community-through donations from individuals, businesses and organizations; through fund-raisers put on by others to benefit A Child’s Wish; and sometimes through grants from charitable foundations. A Child’s Wish receives no government funds and is not a United Way agency.