Our Role

The "J" Foundation, Inc. uses contributions made by our supporters to provide direct help to families struggling with a child's life-limiting illness. We receive referrals regarding families in need from personnel at various local hospitals and other sources.

On a case-by-case basis we help families pay their mortgages, utility bills, taxes, automobile repair costs, expenses for transportation to and from treatment facilities, and other necessary expenses. We provide financial support for medically-necessary home improvements, such as wheelchair ramps and electrical upgrades. We fund counseling services for families with sick children, both before and after the death of the child.

In 2006, we funded a project at the A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children, which involved the creation of over 100 Bereavement Bags full of books and information to support grieving families. With great sadness we also pay for many funerals each year in order to minimize a family's financial worries at the time when they are dealing with the loss of their child.

Dale Perkel, LCSW, Social Work Manager, The Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children

"Because of the Foundation's help in providing and paying for therapy, the family received the counseling they needed and have been able to put their lives back together and to live with the loss of their child."

Edward Speeding, MSW, The Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children

"The J Foundation gives people a small glimpse of kindness during times when they are immersed in darkness. Without this foundation, our patients would not know where to turn and we, as social workers, would certainly be less able to help."

Dale Perkel, LCSW, Social Work Manager, The Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children

"I want to thank you for the unique service that you provide to the families of terminally ill children. Their families struggle in many ways both before and after the deaths of their children. Your educational materials have been invaluable to helping families better understand the grieving process."