Hospital budgets typically apply to areas of patient care such as capital improvements, technology, specialized equipment, and staffing. However, there are emotional aspects to patient care that enCourage Kids supports to fill in the gaps not covered by hospital budgets or insurance.
Everything we do is focused on helping compassionate frontline professionals lift young patients’ spirits, make the hospital a less scary place, and provide a large dose of encouragement and love.
We primarily partner with Certified Child Life Specialists who work hard—often with shoestring budgets or none at all—to ensure the psychosocial needs of hospitalized children are met by providing entertainment, supplies, and programs. We also support hospitals that do not have a child life department but whose staff are aware of how this supplemental pediatric care makes a big difference for their young patients. For these hospitals, enCourage Kids Foundation provides either the resources or funding needed to make a positive impact on the children in their care; through that process, we help these hospitals develop the case for a Certified Child Life Specialist on staff.