As the person making day-to-day healthcare decisions for your child, you may feel uncertain, anxious and isolated. Not even well-intentioned family and friends may know first-hand what you are going through. But there are other parents who do.
Our Parent Volunteers
Our trained ParentWISE® (Parent Wisdom In Shared Experience) volunteers are available in person or by phone to offer hope and practical support to families. They have this unique ability because they are parents of children who have received specialized care or treatment.
ParentWISE® is a unique hospital volunteer program, offered by parents for parents. In 2013, ParentWISE received national recognition when it was granted a Hospital Award for Volunteer Excellence by the American Hospital Association.
Building on the common bond of children's illness or care experiences, ParentWISE:
Connects the parents of current patients with experienced and specially-trained parent volunteers who listen and offer support in multiple ways
Empowers parents to partner effectively with their child’s care team and to advocate for their child’s care needs
Supports families in managing the stresses of having a child who needs specialized care or treatment
Speak with a Volunteer
ParentWISE coordinators work with families and volunteers to create connections between caregivers with similar experiences. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.227.3280 if you would like to have a coordinator contact you about participating in the program.
If you are a patient and would like to become part of a similar support program, read more about our PeerWISE program.
Support for Parents with Gender-questioning or Transgender Youth
ParentWISE offers an opportunity for parents/caregivers from the program to connect with a trained volunteer who has first-hand experience in parenting a gender-diverse or transgender child.