Children's Cancer Foundation (CCF) is a non-profit organisation with a mission to improve the quality of life of children with cancer and their families and children impacted by cancer through enhancing their emotional, social and medical well-being.
Founded in 1992, CCF provides children with cancer and their families the much needed support in their battle against the life threatening illness. Over the years, CCF has helped more than 2700 children and their families at different stages of the illness.
Armed with the vision of providing world-class resources and psychosocial services to children and their families impacted by childhood cancer, CCF employs professional caseworkers and counsellors. CCF adopts an integrated hospital-community-home service model to offer a spectrum of critical services to our beneficiaries.
- In the Hospitals - CCF helps children who are newly diagnosed with cancer and undergoing active treatment with their hospital experience. We offer emotional, financial and social support, with a focus on therapeutic play for the children and support activities for their caregivers. Our caseworkers and counsellors are based in KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) and the National University Hospital (NUH) to work alongside our medical partners in the paediatric oncology wards.
- In the Community - With more children surviving childhood cancer, CCF Community Social Work Team provides continual care to help enhance the quality of life for survivors. We help children return to school and support siblings of children with cancer. In collaboration with corporate partners, we offer psychosocial and recreational activities for the children and their families. We continue to monitor and support survivors who may have to cope with long term side effects due to the treatment of cancer. The support of community partners are actively sought to provide continuing care to our beneficiaries.
- In the Homes - When a child is at the end stage of his/her life, it is a tremendously challenging time for the dying child and the family members. Palliative and bereavement support are critical services provided by CCF to improve the quality of life of the affected families.
- Services offered to children with cancer and their families
- Casework and Counselling Service
- Hospital Play Service
- Therapeutic Play
- Caregivers Support Service
- Survivors Support Service
- Back-to-School Service
- Place for Academic Learning and Support (PALS)
- Psychosocial and Recreational Activity
- Palliative and Bereavement Service
- Art Therapy
- Play Therapy
- Expressive Art Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Child Life Service
- Siblings Support Service
- Service for Children Impacted by Cancer
Place for Academic Learning and Support (PALS)
CCF's learning centre, Place for Academic Learning and Support (PALS) commenced operations in November 2012 and serves as a transitional platform to bridge the learning gap between the treatment phase and normal schooling routine.
PALS provides a safe learning environment by adopting infection-control measures. A holistic curriculum enhances the students’ competencies both academically and psychosocially in preparation for the eventual return to school.
Our holistic curriculum which incorporates academic coaching and integrative therapies aims to draw upon the unique experiences of each child and empower him/her to become a self-assured and forward-looking individual. We provide ample opportunities for each child to work with his/her peers, school and community partners to develop teamwork and problem-solving skills.
CCF will continue its strategy to work with like-minded partners to build a supportive community which offers critical resources to children with cancer and their families.
|Number of children and their families served in 2014||511|
|Most common childhood cancer||Leukaemia|
|The largest age group of children newly-diagnosed with cancer||0-5 years old|
|No. of children diagnosed with childhood cancer in 2014||140|
|No. of children diagnosed with childhood cancer in 2013||144|
|Year Children's Cancer Foundation was founded
(formerly known as WALK - Working in Aid of Leukemic Kids)
For more information, please visit www.ccf.org.sg