The Role of the Social Worker
Children’s Blood & Cancer Center social workers provide services both in the medical setting and out in the community to ease the way for children with chronic illnesses and their caregivers. Once diagnosed, social workers interact with patients and families to help them cope with stress, solve problems, make decisions and connect with supportive hospital and community programs.
Social workers oversee the distribution of emergency funds and financial assistance for many families facing hardship. A child’s diagnosis of serious illness can wreak financial havoc on any family, regardless of socioeconomic status, and the financial impact can be devastating. Many times one parent is forced to stop working, which could mean the loss of all income for single parents.
Generous community support allows the CBCC to provide emergency funds to meet the special needs of these families. Emergency funds can relieve some of the incredible financial pressure felt by families and provide money for rent, mortgage or utility payments, or even be used to purchase food to feed their children. Often funds go toward providing transportation, purchasing wigs or shoes, or paying for temporary living close to the hospital for out-of-town families.
Emergency funds have become an important safety net to lighten the load so families can focus their energies on loving and caring for their children.