Resource Center for Families Community Resources
Resource Center for Families Community Resources

Resources for families

Networks, Resources and Directories
These sites will help you find many metro, state, and national resources for health information, financial assistance, counseling, clothing, food, transportation, and other support. 

Public Libraries
Librarians can help you find books, videos, websites, support groups, and other resources to answer your questions. Anyone living in the Kansas City metro area may register for a library card to access books and online resources!


School is a very important part of a child's life as preparation for the future. You should know your child's rights if your child has special needs. These resources will allow you to learn more about your child's rights to the best possible education.

End-of-Life Concerns
The resources listed below may help you with decisions you may make if your child if approaching the end of life. Hospital chaplains, palliative care teams, social workers, and hospice personnel can help you think through these issues and express your wishes to the other people involved. Discuss the option of hospice care with your healthcare team. Hospice care can offer the child and the family emotional support, comfort measures, and care. Kansas City has hospice programs for young adults, children, and infants.

Traveling and Safety
Children of all ages have special safety needs while traveling in a car, on a plane, or when going on a vacation. These resources will show you what to do or who to talk to about staying safe.

Recreation Therapy, Pet Therapy, and Service Animals
The therapeutic touch of pets and volunteers for people bound by their illness is special for all pediatric patients. Pets visit people in local hospitals, shelters, treatment centers and nursing homes in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Recreation therapy can make the child's experience a social one and a meaningful one.


Money Matters
Caring for a chronically ill child can be expensive! Get to know your health insurance plan and what it covers. To contest, or argue, a denial of claim, refer to your insurance plan. Ask your doctor for a letter that explains why the tests, procedures, or other medical care were needed. Check with your employer's Human Resources department or benefit's Specialist for help with claims.

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