For Health Professionals
As our partner in helping families, health professionals are key to identifying families who may be eligible for Friends of Karen assistance. Here’s our process:
- A hospital social worker usually makes the initial referral of a family to ensure that they meet our guidelines. To refer a family, please call (914) 617-4057.
- After the initial referral is made, the family must contact us directly to schedule an intake assessment, which is done by phone. The family should call (914) 617-4057 to schedule an intake assessment in English or (914) 617-4045 to schedule an intake assessment in Spanish.
- Following the assessment, we send an application to the family, which must be completed and returned before Friends of Karen can provide any services. Once we’ve received the completed application, a member of our social work team will contact the family.
Please note: Friends of Karen can provide a maximum of $500 for illness-related expenses to families who live outside of our 22-county service area, but whose child is being treated at a hospital within our service area and/or has lived in our service area for less than 12 months prior to the time of their child's diagnosis.
Would you like a Friends of Karen social worker to visit your facility to discuss our services with you or your staff? Please call (914) 617-4048 with your request.