Internal Resources Child & Family Support Services Our child and family support services make navigating medical options and managing the difficult factors of child illness easier for patients and families. Whether helping you find the information you need, introducing you to a support network of other families or providing coping strategies, our staff and services are available to help. Child Life Specialists Child Life specialists facilitate coping and use a variety of interventions to support the emotional needs of hospitalized children, as well as their siblings when appropriate. Child Life specialists prepare children for medical procedures in an age-appropriate way and provide children with coping strategies throughout painful, invasive or difficult situations. They work to promote child development and provide opportunities for therapeutic play, socialization, mastery, and normalcy in a physically and emotionally safe environment. Medical Social Workers Family Support includes medical social workers who assess the bipsychosocial functioning of patients and families and intervene as necessary. Interventions may include connecting the patients and families to necessary community resources, providing supportive counseling or grief counseling, and helping patient families expand and strengthen their network of social supports. Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Connecticut Children’s provides hospital-based behavioral health support for children with medical illnesses that require coordinated, co-managed care from both physicians and mental health clinicians. Registered Dietitians Our team of pediatric registered dietitians provide a variety of clinical nutrition services to help improve children’s health. Our nutrition specialists provide care for infants, children and teens affected by a variety of medical conditions, including critical illnesses, developmental delays and food allergies. Additional Resources Camps The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is dedicated to providing “a different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families. Camp Sunshine Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine is a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Dream Day on Cape Cod The central focus of Cape Cod’s Camp Nan-Ke-Rafe is family, fun, and respite. Camp Rising Sun Camp Rising Sun provides a safe and nurturing environment to kids who have faced a cancer diagnosis. Wishes Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Special Wishes Special Wishes makes a dream come true by granting a wish to children who reside in Connecticut with life-threatening illnesses between the ages of 3 and 21. Cancer Resources Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer Alex’s Lemonade Stand works to change the lives of children with cancer through funding impactful research, raising awareness, supporting families, and empowering everyone to help cure childhood cancer. American Brain Tumor Association American Brain Tumor Association provides comprehensive resources that support the complex needs of brain tumor patients and caregivers, as well as the critical funding of research in the pursuit of breakthroughs in brain tumor diagnosis, treatment and care. American Cancer Society American Cancer Society works relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Learn about specific types of childhood cancers, risk factors, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and more. American Childhood Cancer Organization American Childhood Cancer Organization is one of the largest grassroots, national organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents with cancer and their families. Cancer Care, Inc. Cancer Care, Inc. provides counseling, support groups, educational workshops, publications and financial assistance to anyone affected by cancer. Caring Bridge Caring Bridge allows families to set up a free website that they can update with their child’s condition and progress. Circle of Care Circle of Care, started by three moms who met during their children’s battles with pediatric cancer, provide immediate and ongoing peer support to families of children with cancer. Childhood Leukemia Foundation Childhood Leukemia Foundation offers a free wig alternative popular with young children called Hugs-U-Wear, as well as other programs to support children dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation aims to improve the treatment, quality of life and the long term outlook for children with brain and spinal cord tumors through research, support, education and advocacy to families and survivors. CT Brain Tumor Alliance The CT Brain Tumor Alliance helps local families in the fight against brain tumors. Children’s Oncology Group Children’s Oncology Group is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research. CureSearch for Children’s Cancer CureSearch for Children’s Cancer funds and supports children’s cancer research and provides information and resources to all those affected by children’s cancer. Hair Club for Kids Hair Club for Kids sponsored by the Hair Club provides a free wig for any child (17 and under) undergoing cancer treatment. Lea’s Foundation Lea’s Foundation for Leukemia Research, Inc. funds research into the causes of, and cures for, leukemia and its related cancers. Additionally, the Foundation seeks to increase public awareness of these cancers and to provide patients and their families with limited direct financial assistance. Leukemia and Lymphoma Society The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society helps people touched by blood cancer. Contact the Connecticut Chapter to participate in local events supporting research, patient support and information programs. LIVESTRONG Fertility LIVESTRONG Fertility is dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility. LIVESTRONG Foundation The LIVESTRONG Foundation provides free cancer support services to help people cope with the financial, emotional and practical challenges that accompany the disease. National Brain Tumor Society National Brain Tumor Society is committed to finding better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for people living with a brain tumor today and anyone who will be diagnosed tomorrow. National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health The National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health provides information on treatments, clinical trials, supportive care, literature, screenings and tests for childhood cancers. The Young People with Cancer: A Handbook for Parents is a great resource for families, siblings and friends of those facing childhood cancer. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health conducts and supports research and provides information about pediatric complementary health products and practices. National Children’s Cancer Society National Children’s Cancer Society serves as a financial, emotional and educational resource for families. Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation is dedicated to eradicating childhood brain tumors and providing support to families. St. Baldrick’s Foundation St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer and donor powered charity committed to supporting the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Sunshine Kids Foundation Sunshine Kids Foundation is a national organization with a local chapter in Connecticut that provides exciting and positive group activities for children and teens with cancer. SuperSibs! @ Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation SuperSibs! ensures that siblings of children with cancer are honored, supported and recognized so they may face the future with strength, courage and hope. Teen Cancer America Teen Cancer America’s mission is to improve the experience, outcomes and survival of teens and young adults with cancer by providing facilities and programs designed especially for them in hospitals throughout the USA. Teen/Young Adult Cancer Resources Planet Cancer Planet Cancer is the world’s largest online community of young adults who have been affected by cancer. Starbright World Starbright World is an online social network where teens (ages 13 to 20) who have serious medical conditions, and siblings of seriously ill teens, can connect with each other via moderated chat rooms, games, bulletin boards, videos and more. Teens Living with Cancer Teens Living with Cancer provides medically accurate, innovative, and totally teen-oriented resources, that allow teens with cancer to learn about their disease and treatment, discover effective coping strategies, and connect with other teens.