The most authoritative voice in the decision-making process is that of the child’s physician. The physician is charged with a decision—does this child have a life-shortening illness or not? He/she is asked to sign a New Hope for Kids Medical Acknowledgement Form verifying that the child DOES have a potentially life-shortening, life-threatening illness. He is NOT stating that the child will die within a certain time frame. WHY is this a requirement? There are many diseases and disabilities that make life difficult and challenging for a large number of children and their families, but they are not all life-threatening. While we are aware of those who have a variety of afflictions, we have determined that the following criteria for eligibility of a child to receive a wish from New Hope for Kids:
- The Wish Child must be nineteen years of age or younger. Children under the age of three will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- The Wish Child’s attending physician(s) must verify that the Wish Child has a life-threatening illness. A life-threatening illness is defined by New Hope for Kids as any illness, which will in all likelihood shorten that child’s life expectancy. Parents or guardians must provide a completed, witnessed physician verification when submitting the application.NHFK frequently grants wishes to children with Autism, ADHD, Down syndrome, etc. However, these disorders MUST be accompanied by a life-threatening physical problem such as a pulmonary, heart, liver, kidney problem or other way their health has been compromised that qualifies them for a wish. A behavioral or mental challenge does NOT qualify as a life-threatening affliction.
- The Wish Child’s attending physician(s) must give medical approval in writing for a wish in order for New Hope for Kids to grant the request (included on Medical Acknowledgement Form).
- Only one wish may be granted. New Hope for Kids does not grant wishes to a child who has previously received a wish from another wish-granting organization. New Hope for Kids has no obligation to consider applications in the order in which they are received.
- Wishes are limited to children who live in the following counties: Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard, Polk, Volusia, and Lake.
If a child is non-verbal, parents are consulted to determine the wish in the child’s best interest.