• The Resources section provides on-line links to many organizations that provide information on a variety of related topics including pediatric cancer, support programs, education resources, family activities, and survivorship issues.
  • Our geographic guideline area can be found in the About Us section.
  • Friends of Karen's Social Work Department toll-free number is 1-800-637-2774 ext. 205


Guidelines For Family Assistance

Guidelines For Family Assistance
Guidelines For Family Assistance
How We Help

If your child has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, your whole world has just been turned upside down. Friends of Karen can help guide you through the maze of paperwork, provide an emotional foundation, advocate on your behalf, and give you the tools and encouragement to cope with the extraordinary demands of dealing day-by-day with your child's -- and your family's -- situation.

Are You Eligible?

Each family’s needs are individually assessed by a Friends of Karen social worker. Assistance is available to those families who have a child meeting the following qualifications.

  • Up to 21 years of age who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. Friends of Karen cannot help children suffering from chronic diseases or conditions.
  • United States citizen or a legal resident of the United States. Appropriate documentation may be required by Friends of Karen at the time of application.
  • Lives in:
    • New York City: Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens or Staten Island 
    • Long Island counties: Suffolk or Nassau 
    • New York counties: Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster or Westchester  
    • New Jersey counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic or Union 
    • Connecticut counties: Fairfield,New Haven or Middlesex

Family Support Program

Our social workers assess each family’s needs and provide:

  • Support through home visits, hospital visits and frequent telephone conversations as your whole family copes with your child's illness.
  • Emotional support to help you address the needs of siblings of the sick child.
  • Advocacy for your family with insurance providers and other agencies.
  • Education about and assistance with applying for government programs as well as for other national and community-based resources.
  • Coordination with hospital staff to address any additional needs of your family.
  • Holiday and Back-To-School gift programs for all the children in the family.

Financial Assistance

  • Families who demonstrate financial need may be eligible for financial assistance from Friends of Karen.
  • Requests for financial assistance are considered on a case by case basis, taking into account each family’s individual circumstances. If you are requesting financial assistance, you need to provide two recent pay stubs and your most recent tax return along with your application.
  • Types of assistance we may be able to provide include childcare reimbursement, travel reimbursement, hospital lodging, co-payments for illness-related items, and household expenses if you are experiencing financial hardship as a result of your child's illness.

What Do You Need To Do?

You, as a parent or guardian, must call Friends of Karen and speak to a Family Support Program staff member at (212) 308-1378 ext. 3.

Para hablar en español, llama (212) 308-1378 extención 1.


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