What is family support services (fss)?

We offer financial support to all families who qualify for a Bear Hug. Families are eligible for $500 per instance of diagnosis and relapse, which can be used for gas, groceries, transportation, or assistance in paying utility bills. 

why is fss important?

Many parents are forced to quit their job, or cut back on hours, to care for their child while they are undergoing medical treatment. In addition, many families drive to hospitals hours away from their home to get the best treatment for their child.  As a result, many families benefit from support to help pay for basic needs. We want our parents to continue caring for their child without the additional anxiety of making ends meet.  When surveyed, our parents overwhelmingly reported that FSS helped them cope with caring for their child, alleviated the emotional stress caused by financial strain, and provided much-needed assistance when they felt overwhelmed.

you can make a difference

If you would like to make a donation that will help to fund a Bear Hug or Family Support Services, please donate today.  If you would like to donate gas station or grocery store gift cards, please contact [email protected] or 312-214-1200 x25.

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Chicago Headquarters

55 West Wacker Dr, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60601

(312) 214-1200

Florida Chapter

Serving Golisano Children's Hospital
& greater Southwest Florida
Contact: [email protected]