Please find below a list of sources of external financial support for families in BC. Please research options carefully as they have specific criteria for application. They may or may not be a fit for your family demographics, for your location, or for a particular Claro service.
At Home Program: (Claro Centres' program fees are not eligible) The At Home Program is designed to support children and teens in BC with a severe disability or complex health care needs who are dependent in multiple areas of daily living. Children and youth who are assessed as dependent in three of four areas of daily living (eating, dressing, toileting and washing) are eligible for a choice of medical or respite benefits. Those who are dependent in all four areas are eligible for both benefits. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/child-behaviour-development/support-needs/complex-health-needs/at-home-program
Jordan's Principle: Indigenous Children & Youth Jordan’s Principle is a legal requirement resulting from the Orders of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT). Jordan’s Principle is a child-first principle that aims to eliminate service inequities and delays for First Nations children. Jordan’s Principle states that any public service ordinarily available to all other children must be made available to First Nations children without delay or denial. Funding can help with a wide range of health, social and educational needs, including the unique needs of First Nations Two-Spirit and LGBTQQIA children and youth and those with disabilities. For more information, visit Indigenous Services Canada: https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1568396042341/1568396159824
CKNW Kids' Fund: For the past 75 years, CKNW Kids' Fund has granted funding to support hundreds of thousands of children with a variety of challenges. Through the generous contributions of community members, CKNW Kids' fund helps families by providing grants for essential specialized medical equipment, therapies, and programs for at-risk youth. Please see link for application criteria. https://www.cknwkidsfund.com/apply-for-a-grant
Variety Club BC: (Claro Centres' program fees are not currently eligible) Variety child grants fund adaptive equipment, specialized therapies & counselling, tuition & tutoring, mental wellness support, and private assessments. https://www.variety.bc.ca/support/
Cops for Kids (Kelowna): Cops for Kids is a charitable foundation that is committed to assisting children that have suffered a medical, physical or traumatic crisis in their young lives. They work tirelessly to raise funds to continue our ongoing support to the children in the Southern Interior Region of BC. Their signature event is the Cops for Kids Ride. Cops for Kids is devoted to helping little hearts in our community. https://copsforkids.org/funding-for-families/
Easter Seals Access 2: The Access 2 card is for people of all ages and types of permanent disabilities who require the assistance of a support person at hundreds of participating entertainment, cultural and recreational venues across Canada. A support person is an adult who accompanies a person with a permanent disability to assist with services that are not provided by the employees at the participating venue, such as assistance with eating, administering medication, communication and use of the facilities. https://access2card.ca/future-card-holders/