I have hidden in my soul a sliver of the sun.
Who We Care For
Children birth to 21 years of age with a life-limiting illness such as congenital heart disease, pulmonary conditions, cancer, neuromuscular disorders, neurological or genetic disorders. Our Pediatric Medical Director will work with you and your child’s physician(s) to help you explore if your child qualifies for care.
The Kid WISE Team
The Kid WISE team connects with you and your support services to provide the most comprehensive care available for your child. The team may include a nurse, social worker, aide, spiritual counselor, doctor, volunteer, and music therapist. Our goal is to provide expert care and support to address your child’s medical, emotional, and spiritual needs throughout this journey.
What We Offer
- Coordinated Care to Support the Whole Child Model
- Emotional and Spiritual Care Counseling
- Interpretation Services via Language Line
- Volunteer Visitors who help with Errands & Light Chores
- Memory and Legacy Making
- Grief & Bereavement Support for Entire Family
- Camp Erin© Santa Cruz – Bereavement Camp for Youth
FAQs about Kid WISE
Can my child continue to see their pediatrician?
Yes; we will work directly with your child’s current physicians and you may elect to continue curative treatment and therapies with other physicians.
Is Kid WISE care only for children who have cancer?
No; we will accept any child with a life-limiting diagnosis who is deemed eligible by our Pediatric Medical Director and your child’s physician (Pediatrician or Specialist).
Does choosing Kid WISE care mean we are giving up hope?
No; certainly not. By choosing Kid WISE you are creating an opportunity to focus on quality of life as you define it.
Who pays for Kid WISE?
In most cases, private insurance or Medi-Cal cover the costs of Kid WISE. Donations from our generous community also mean that we can accept all eligible patients regardless of their ability to pay.