The Valerie Fund Children's Centers are home to many healthcare heroes who support our kids during some of the most difficult times of their lives. These caregivers are experts in a variety of practices. We will be showcasing each service provided in our Children's Centers and hearing from the healthcare providers in their own words what they do for our kids and families. In this installment, we are going to learn about the Educational Liaisons.
In keeping pace with the way people interact with and donate to their favorite causes, The Valerie Fund launched a new website in November. Many hours of preparation were dedicated to making navigation easier for the new and returning donors and for accessing resources available to Valerie Fund patients and their families. The new Valerie Fund homepage promotes all the good work our organization does and includes links to download applications for Camp Happy Times and The Valerie Fund Scholarships.
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For the first time in seventeen years, a new Valerie Fund Children's Center has opened at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Paterson, NJ. The Passaic County-based outpatient facility neighbors the northern New Jersey counties of Morris and Essex where several other Valerie Fund Centers are located.
Children diagnosed with a long-term or chronic illness, such as cancer or a blood disorder, may have difficulty managing a typical school schedule for weeks or even months. Navigating the school system adds yet another burden to parents already juggling the emotional impact of their child’s illness and the impact it has on their ability to maintain a work schedule while also tending to the needs of their healthy children. Children are removed from the basic framework of their childhood: the world of school, which structures each day and is the main source of their social environment. Virtually every child will require some type of special arrangements with the school and sometimes the school system.