While Australia is known as ‘the Lucky Country’, even we have families struggling to meet the financial demands of caring for a disabled or chronically ill child.
Between the Gaps supports these families by providing the ‘gap’ funding for equipment and services that are only partially funded by government or other support agencies. Quite often, finding this amount of money places enormous strain on the family budget.
How the program works
Families are referred to Children First by hospital social workers, school nurses, special schools and other support agencies. Our financial support goes some way to ensuring that a child in need is not a child who has to go without.
To be eligible for support, families must hold a health care card and funds are paid directly to the service providers to ensure the integrity of the program.
The variety of requests we receive reflects the struggles many families face when a child becomes chronically ill or has a profound disability.
The number of applications we have received for Between the Gaps support has increased significantly as the program has become more widely known amongst social workers, school nurses and other referring agencies.
Making it a little easier for these families to care for their children is what Between the Gaps is all about – and when you see the wide smile on the face of one of the children, you know that the support is well worth it.