Family Assistance Program
Transportation, Parking Fees, and Gas
Groceries and Hospital Meals
Childcare Costs for Older Children
When families spend more time in the NICU, the benefits are indisputable. A parents presence, voice, scent, and touch can all impact the baby in an extremely positive way, while also meeting mom and dad’s need to be involved in caring for their infant. Moms who spend time in the NICU are more likely to breastfeed, a practice that has tremendous benefits for NICU babies. Furthermore, the more often that moms and dads can get to the hospital, the more opportunities they will have to engage in Kangaroo Care, a skin-to-skin practice known to reduce stress and improve immunity in NICU babies.
By providing financial assistance, designed to offset the costs of getting to and staying at the hospital, Miracle Babies aims to improve the health of NICU babies through promotion of Breastfeeding and Kangaroo Care.
In coordination with the referring hospital, Miracle Babies evaluates each family’s need by considering several factors, including income-to-debt ratio, gestational age of the child at birth, anticipated length of stay in the NICU, as well as the severity of any birth abnormalities.
Miracle Babies currently accepts FAP applications from hospitals affiliated with our organization in San Diego and Orange County. To be considered for this program, please review the qualifications below, and contact your assigned social worker to receive an application.
FAP program eligibility
Eligibility for referral to Miracle Babies Family Assistance Program:
- The Family Assistance Program is specific to families who have a newborn(s) in the Intensive Care Unit.
- The baby must be admitted to the NICU for at least 3 weeks (21 days) before being referred to Miracle Babies.
- The family must be experiencing extreme financial stress directly related to the babys NICU stay, not due to previous debts. Financial stress related to the babys stay in the NICU includes cost of transportation to and from the hospital, groceries and meals, childcare for other children while parents visit the NICU, temporary relocation to be closer to the hospital, etc.
- The family must be actively involved in babys care, making an effort to visit the baby in the NICU as often as possible.
- The baby must remain in the custody of the parents. Referrals will not be accepted if Child Protective Services is involved.
Miracle Babies understands that all NICU admissions are scary, but when a newborn is expected to stay in the NICU for an extended amount of time due to a premature delivery or medical complication, the emotional and financial hardships can be even more severe. In order to continue to support the NICU families we work with, Miracle Babies is offering continued financial assistance for families who have a baby in the NICU for longer than 60 days.
Round Two Funding Qualifications:
This second round of funding is designed to help families continue to get to and from the hospital. Families are encouraged to use these funds to pay for ongoing costs related to transportation, parking, and gas as well as groceries, hospital meals, and childcare costs for older children.
The family applying for round two assistance must have already applied for and received financial assistance from Miracle Babies.
- The baby must be in the NICU for at least 60 continuous days at the time of application.
- The family applying for assistance must have continued financial hardship
- Ongoing active participation in the babys care must be demonstrated
- To be considered for additional financial assistance, please contact your social worker to determine eligibility and obtain an application
Resources and Education:
Spending an extended amount of time in the NICU can be extremely stressful. To further support the families we fund, our team makes an effort to reach out around 60 days postpartum to check in with mom and dad, and see how they are doing physically, emotionally, and mentally.
This brief telephone conversation touches on continued financial and material needs, postpartum depression and PTSD, babys medical diagnoses, and general state of wellbeing. If a mom or dad has identified a need for further assistance, Miracle Babies makes every attempt to connects them with local resources.