Refer a SMILE Kid

SMILE relies on referrals from medical professionals (doctors, nurses, social workers, physical and occupational therapists). With the assistance of the referring professional SMILE works to determine a child’s eligibility for specific goods or services. 

Who is eligible?

Children between the ages of 0 and 26 who have been impacted by a life-threatening condition are potentially eligible to make a request. Applicants must have or have been diagnosed with a life-threatening condition.


Who can refer a child?


Potential SMILE Kids, family members, physicians, friends, guardians or medical team members with intimate knowledge of the child's diagnosis can initiate contact with SMILE and begin the referral process.

What can a child request?


Potential SMILE Kids can apply for any item that will enhance their quality of life. SMILE strives not to duplicate services, so if another nonprofit provides the services or item being requested, SMILE will refer the child to that organization.

SMILE will not provide:

1 - Home modifications requiring building permits.

2 - Vehicles. Except: Lifts that can be added to a vehicle's hitch.  

3 - Support dogs. (Medical Alert dogs and guide dogs are considered on a case-by-case basis, but full funding is not usually provided).


Application and Approval Process


Step One:

An applicant submits a request for an item that will enhance the quality of life of a child with a life-threatening condition.


A letter of support for the requested item is needed from a medical team member. It is helpful to include the benefit the item will provide the recipient.


Step Two:

Submitted materials are reviewed by the Applicant Review Team. If the team has questions a representative from SMILE will contact the referring individual.


Step Three:

A decision will be made as quickly as possible and the family will be notified.


Step Four:

SMILE will arrange for purchase and delivery of the requested item at no cost to the family.