Dream House For Kids is a children’s charity teaching families and communities how to help kids with complex health conditions thrive at home.Dream House is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization making it possible for medically complex children to live at home, instead of a hospital or nursing home.
IMAGINE…being a child trapped by life’s circumstances.
IMAGINE…needs so complex someone else must care for you.
IMAGINE…living for years in a hospital room or adult nursing home because your family abandoned you.
IMAGINE…being a child forced to stay in a neglectful, abusive home simply because there is no other place to go.
Heroic medical efforts save sick and injured children, leaving some medically fragile – fully dependent upon medications, equipment and therapies. A critical first step for these children (biological, adopted or foster), and their families, is access to the innovative Dream House Family for Keeps™ Transition Care Program.
Dream House supporters invest in a mission that uses more than 85 cents of every dollar donated to directly benefit Georgia’s medically fragile children and their families.
Imagine being dependent on life-supporting medications, treatments or equipment to survive. Imagine spending months, even years, existing in a cold, sterile hospital room or adult nursing home because your family is incapable or unwilling to care for you. Even worse, imagine having to remain in a neglectful, abusive home simply because there is no other place to go. Imagine a child with no home, no friends, and no hope for a future. Today we can medically “save” these fragile lives, it’s true, but what kind of a life are we saving these children for?
These children need a real place to call home, not another room number. They need friends and playful memories of childhood, they need to carry out outdoor activities, fitness activities or kids martial arts activities, not scary nightmares of equipment and procedures. Like everyone, they need goals and plans for the future. Not only do they need caring, dedicated health care professionals, but they need to experience the feeling of being a member of a loving family.
Above all, they need to know their life has meaning and is worth living.
Dream House for Medically Fragile Children is dedicated to increase opportunities for medically fragile children to live in a stable, permanent home environment through the development of support resources and programs which increase the number of families and communities prepared to care for them.
The Learning for Life Education Program provides several training opportunities for anyone involved in the care of a special healthcare needs child. The Family for Keeps program provides a hands-on learning experience teaching valuable skills needed when caring for medically fragile children. This program is available right now! Information and the registration form can be obtained online by clicking the links provided to the right or by calling our office 770-717-7410.
In The News
Delta Air Lines and Jeff Francoeur Go to Bat for Hometown Atlanta Charity
Delta Air Lines and Atlanta Braves’ slugger Jeff Francoeur are teaming up to go to bat for a hometown charity, Atlanta’s Dream House for Medically Fragile Children, through a new charitable sponsorship called the SkyMiles Home Run Program. The Official Airline of the Atlanta Braves pledged today to donate 25,000 Delta SkyMiles for each home run hit by Francoeur during the 2007 season to benefit this local charity. For the full story click here
Dream House In The News
Laura Moore Dream House Founder and CEO was recently featured in the January 8, 2007 issue of People Magazine as a ‘Hero Among Us’ and was chosen as ‘Person of the Week’ by ABC News World News Tonight on January 5, 2007. She was also awarded the ‘Leadership Character Award’ for Non-Profits in the Metro Atlanta area on February 5, 2007
Over the past 13 years, Dream House for Medically Fragile Children has been blessed to serve over 1, 100 medically fragile children and their families. With great sadness, the Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to close Dream House. Thank you to all of our volunteers and supporters for your dedication, time, and financial backing.
Because these children still need help, we hope you will consider redirecting your support to another non-profit organization that serves this precious population. Here is a list of organizations that Dream House has partnered with over the years:
Fragile Kids Foundation: http://s334603355.onlinehome.us 770-951-6111
Fragile Kids provides wheelchair lifts for homes and vans, ramping, specialty seating, bathing equipment, toileting equipment, therapy bikes, strollers, and much more for the medically fragile children of Georgia.
Hope House: www.swchristiancare.org/childrens-respite 770-969-8354
Hope House offers respite through their Children’s Respite Center (for medically fragile children) and WeCare Respite® (for non-medically fragile children). Through Children’s Respite, parents of these special needs children can take some valuable time to rest and then resume caring for their children with renewed strength.
Childkind: http://childkind.org (404) 248-1980
Childkind offers a continuum of services. Through its Placement Services program, Childkind offers foster care, permanency planning, and host home placement. With its Home Base Services program, Childkind provided Supportive Care Coordination, Family Support Services, and Advocacy & Training. During 2014, Childkind will be introducing in-home nursing services.
FODAC (Friends of Disabled Adults and Children): www.fodac.org 770-491-9014/1-866-977-1204
FODAC provides refurbished equipment and services for disabled adults and children to improve their overall quality of life.
FOCUS (Families Of Children Under Stress): www.focus-ga.org 770-234-9111
FOCUS offers comfort, hope, and fun to families with children who are medically fragile or have significant developmental or physical disabilities through a variety of programs.