NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- Helping care for children with cancer can be a difficult undertaking. That's why the Friends of Karen, a non-profit in North Salem serving families who have children battling cancer, recently endorsed a new standard of care for the children based on a recent study.
The study, “Standards of Psychosocial Care for Children with Cancer and Their Families,” by a team of experts in the fields of social work, child psychology and clinical psychology, examines the psychosocial needs of a family when their child is being treated for cancer.
“For the first time, there’s a set of national standards that highlights why it’s critical to address the many needs of families caring for a child with cancer,” said Judith Factor, executive director of Friends of Karen. “The conclusions of this study validate everything Friends of Karen does.”
The needs often include assistance with financial hardship, emotional and mental health support, education and anticipatory guidance, and special services for siblings of the ill child.
Friends of Karen provides comprehensive support, at no cost, to families caring for a child battling cancer or another life-threatening illness. Through personal advocacy from a team of experienced social workers, child life specialists, and creative arts therapists, they ensure that each family – and each family member -- receives an individualized program of emotional, financial and practical support throughout their child’s treatment.
The study presents evidence that meeting psychosocial needs in just this way contributes to positive quality of life outcomes and can have a long-term transformative effect on a family.
“Addressing these needs for the whole family is as important as ensuring proper medical care for the ill child,” Factor said. “Friends of Karen has been in the forefront of developing and delivering psychosocial services for children and their families for 38 years – and we continue to do so every day.”
For more information about Friends of Karen, visit www.friendsofkaren.org or call (914) 617-4040.