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At The Hospital

Kids with cancer need more than medicine to heal. 

Children often spend long days in treatment, sometimes multiple times a week at the hospital. Circle of Care has a partnership with Yale New Haven Children's Hospital's Smilow Cancer Center. We provide additional training for Yale New Haven Hospital's volunteers who will be supporting families in the hematology/oncology units so they are best equipped to respond to the unique needs of childhood cancer patients and families.

Circle of Care trained volunteers are there to provide support and much-needed diversions in the form of activities or crafts. Sometimes they are there to read a story, paint a child’s nails, or lend a sympathetic ear.

Our volunteers do not provide medical care, medical treatment, medical advice, or psychotherapy. They do not interfere with the doctor/patient relationship in any way.

"Our oncology program would not be the same without the help of our wonderful Circle of Care volunteers. Volunteers play a special role in the journey of cancer treatment. They are able to offer respite for parents, fun activities for patients, and a warm smile to all who come through our doors. Volunteers can lend an ear or a hand to our families that, often, our busy staff cannot. We cannot say enough about our volunteers and Circle of Care.” – Kendra, Child Life Specialist

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