How Special Kids, Special Care Helps Families
Through Special Kids, Special Care we support families whose baby or young child was in the NICU due to prematurity or who has special health care needs. We assist families by connecting them with public health nurses, mental health specialists, or developmental therapist who are familiar with the special needs of these infants, young children, and families.
Consultation is also available regarding other resources, community parent supports, and follow-up assistance. Assistance may be provided to families in the Rocky Mountain Region by connecting them with their local state organizations.
Caring Connections: Family Support Grants
Family Support Grants are available for health support services and other assistance that is not covered by other programs, organizations, or insurance for families in Colorado thanks to our generous donors and grantors.
Grant application are accepted for:
- Infant cribs to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) through the Cribs for Kids Program®
- In-home lactation consultation by lactation consultants who work especially with premature and medically fragile infants
- Respite care
- Consultation regarding questions about feeding, sleep, development, infant behaviors or crying
In order to obtain a Family Support Grant, a family’s healthcare provider must submit the one page Family Support Grant Application available on the link below and fax it to the private fax number on the application. It is very helpful if the circumstances of the family are briefly explained on the application. If there are special circumstances or needs of the family please contact us through the Special Kids, Special Care Contact Us page. All information on the application is considered confidential and we maintain HIPAA confidentiality requirements. 2017 Family Support Grant Information and Application 10-17
Safe Sleep Going Home Program
The Safe Sleep Going Home Program was begun because premature, medically fragile, and vulnerable babies are at greater risk for Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Through the generous grants we have received for the Safe Sleep Going Home Program we are able to provide wearable sleep sac blankets for premature, medically fragile, and vulnerable infants upon discharge from the NICU. The purpose of the sleep sacs is to reinforce the safe sleep education for parents as they are discharged from the NICU. Wearable sleep sac blankets may also be provided by public health nurses during their discharge follow-up home visits, early intervention therapist, and the baby’s primary care provider during a well child checkup.
Grants provided to the Safe Sleep Going Home Program also provide the newborn cribs for families in need whose baby was in the NICU through the Cribs for Kids® Program. Families receive a Pak n’ Play crib along with a sleep sac wearable blanket, and educational materials in either English or Spanish. The cribs have been vetted according to the Academy of Pediatric safe sleep criteria.