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Assistance for Parents of Special Needs Children

Care Connection for Children logoCare Connection for Children is affiliated with Inova Children's Hospital and sponsored by the Virginia Department of Health. Our goal is to help families coordinate community and education resources with medical expertise to ensure that children with special healthcare needs can reach their maximum potential. We partner with families of children who have chronic healthcare needs to help open doors to needed resources and coordinate quality family-centered care. We are committed to helping children maximize their potential in a caring, innovative and culturally sensitive manner.


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We provide resources for children with special health needs

Members of the Care Connection for Children staff pride themselves on building strong, caring relationships with each child and family. This one-on-one, personal touch allows staff members to fully understand the medical, emotional, educational and social needs of each patient and his or her family. Our professional care coordinators work closely with children and their families to provide targeted, comprehensive and culturally appropriate care. These professionals coordinate all services offered by the various providers to children in need, and actively seek input from families and medical practitioners to achieve the best results possible.


Each Care Connection for Children program offers:

  • Counseling
  • Information
  • Education
  • Social support
  • Referrals
  • A community approach

While each Care Connection for Children program is funded and administered by the Virginia Department of Health, each program is locally – not centrally – managed, offering an optimally effective, community-based approach to care. Members of our staff understand the needs of children and families they see each day, and their compassion combined with their knowledge of the community's many healthcare resources provide a foundation of support for families who are often frustrated by the perceived healthcare maze.


Who's eligible for Care Connection services?

Individuals who can receive Care Connection services must be:

  • Residents of Virginia
  • Under the age of 21
  • Have special healthcare needs (as defined by the Virginia Department of Health*

*Children who have or are at risk of a chronic physical condition that requires healthcare of a type and amount not usually required by children of the same age.

Financial assistance may be available to families with income at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level. These funds assist with payment of certain services such as medications and some durable medical equipment.


Special children, special care

There are more than 190,000 children in the Commonwealth of Virginia who have special healthcare needs – physical disorders that are expected to last for at least 12 months. These children need treatment beyond that normally expected for their age. Some may have limited ability to function socially, athletically or academically when compared with healthy peers. There are approximately 47,300 children with special healthcare needs in the Northern Virginia region spanning from Loudoun County to Fredericksburg.


Online Parent Resource Directory

Refer to this invaluable online directory to connect with community organizations dedicated to meeting your family's needs.


Care Connection for Children Lending Library

See how to access our Lending Library resources


Referral Form

Download our client intake referral form