supporting families of children with life-threatening conditions for over 25 years

about us

Very Special Kids provides counselling and support services to families caring for a child diagnosed with a life-threatening condition.  Following the death of a child families are supported through the bereavement support program.

We also operate Very Special Kids House an eight bed children’s hospice, providing planned and emergency respite and end-of-life care.

Very Special Kids was established in 1985 after two families recognised there was a need to support other families experiencing the loss and grief associated with having a child diagnosed with a life-threatening condition.

Very Special Kids depends on the community and our fundraising activities for more than $3.3 million of our annual  income.  All services are offered free-of-charge to families.

Your support will ensure Very Special Kids can go on providing counselling and support services and Very Special Kids House can continue to offer respite and end-of-life care to families facing what is one of life’s most difficult challenges.

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Our key relationships

The Department of Health, Victoria provides recurrent funding of 34% of the cost of services provided by Very Special Kids.

The Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program (VPPCP) is an alliance/partnership between Southern Health (Monash Medical Centre), the Royal Children’s Hospital and Very Special Kids.  Located at the Royal Children’s Hospital and funded by the Department of Health it is a state wide program supporting families who have a child/young person with a life-threatening condition who is treated in Victoria.  The program based on a consultation and liaison model is staffed by medical and allied health professionals with expertise in the issues surrounding the delivery of paediatric palliative care services.  VPPCP staff work closely with a child’s medical team, hospital staff and community agencies to ensure services are in place to meet the child and family’s needs. 

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