New Hope for Kids

Children's Wish Application

Dear Parent,

New Hope for Kids grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses who have not yet reached their 19th birthday nor had a wish granted previously. This does NOT necessarily mean that the child is currently terminally ill. A life-threatening illness is defined by NHFK as any illness which will in all likelihood shorten the child's full life expectancy. Often chronic illness leaves little time or finances to accommodate a special wish, which could add something positive and encouraging to a child's life. New Hope for Kids offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make that wish come true!

We realize that a life-threatening illness causes serious emotional and financial strain on the entire family. While we are not able to cure your child's illness, we would like to brighten his/her life by making possible something he/she would like very much to have or do. It is important to us that the wish is the child's wish, not something whose idea came from a parent or brother or sister. If a child's wish is for a trip or to visit someplace, we attempt to include the immediate family in the granting of the wish. We hope also that by granting the child's wish we bring respite to the entire family. If a child is non-verbal, we look to the parents for guidance to determine the wish that would be in the best interest of their child.

If you have a child who would like New Hope for Kids to consider granting a wish, please complete the attached forms accompanied with the medical acknowledgment verifying that your child has a life-threatening and is medically cleared to receive the requested wish. It is crucial for the forms to be filled out completely including witness signatures and dates. Families are notified upon approval. After approval, a visit will be arranged between parent(s), child and the New Hope for Kids Wish Program Director. After the visit, there is normally a period of six to eight weeks before the wish is granted. New Hope for Kids' goal is to grant 100% of all wish requests of children meeting established criteria. New Hope for Kids reserves the right, however, to refuse a wish if the physician feels it is not in the best interest of the child or if the wish is beyond the scope of New Hope for Kids Wish abilities.

Sincerely,

Rosie Wilder
Wish Program Director
 
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