How to Request a Dream / Refer a Child

PLEASE READ CRITERIA ENTIRELY BEFORE SUBMITTING A REFERRAL.  Note:  anyone may refer a child with the permission of the child’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s).

CRITERIA TO REFER A CHILD:

  • Child must be between the ages of 3 -18.

  • Child must be seriously ill, chronically ill, physically challenged, severe developmentally delayed or abused. This is determined by the medical authorization form and supportive medical documents received by child’s physician.  Diagnosis must be severe to qualify. Sunshine Foundation may fulfill the dreams of children severely affected by a chronic illness or physical disability, or abuse.  These diagnoses* include, but are not limited to, the following: Cerebral Palsy, Trauma from Abuse, Blind, Down Syndrome, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Deaf, Spina Bifida, Spastic Quadriplegia, Severe Epilepsy, Low-Functioning Autism, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Sickle Cell Disease, Prader-Willi Syndrome, *And Many Others

  • Child must be a citizen of the United States.

  • Child or any other family member must not have had a dream or wish through Sunshine Foundation or any other organization or any other source (NO PREVIOUS WISH).  Sunshine Foundation grants ONE DREAM PER FAMILY.  Note:  In order to ensure donor funds are being utilized appropriately, Sunshine Foundation will reach out to various organizations to ensure a dream/wish or other gift has not already been provided.

  • Family’s household’s income is under $75,000 annually (including all adults over the age of 18 who reside in the household). Sunshine Foundation’s sole purpose is to answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to the financial strain that the child’s illness may cause.

  • Sunshine Foundation is unable to consider dreams for children with Deficit Disorders (ADHD, OCD, etc.), mild to moderate: autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, or other mild to moderate chronic illnesses and/or diagnoses.

  • Sunshine Foundation will accept applications up until the child’s 19th birthday. All required documentation must be received in the Sunshine Foundation office no later than their birthday. No documentation will be accepted after the child has turned 19.

  • If your child s diagnosed with LOW FUNCTIONING AUTISM, we will require a copy of medical finding from child’s neurologist and psychologist, and a copy of your child’s IQ test results.  The child’s doctor must answer the questions below on the medical authorization form, which is part of the application.

    • Is child non-verbal?
    • Does child exhibit disruptive behavior?
    • Is child self-injurious? 
    • Has child undergone IQ testing? If yes, please provide IQ Test results. 
  • Sunshine Foundation is unable to assist with doctor/medical bills or living expenses. We must also work within certain financial limitations and permissible requests. You child’s medical and/or travel restrictions or other related or unrelated circumstances may also affect the dream we are able to provide.

Once we receive your referral and your request has been approved, we will contact the child’s family with account login information to complete the application online or mail their application directly to them within two weeks. 

Please be aware Sunshine Foundation does have a waiting list currently estimated at over 6 years from your child’s APPROVAL date.  You can contact Sunshine Foundation’s PA Office at 800-767-1976 to check status of your child’s dream.  NOTE: Dreams of children in FL, MN, NJ and PA may be processed in less time due to higher funding available in those areas. 

Please be sure to complete the box for “Your Name.” Anonymous referrals will not be honored. Thank you very much!

PLEASE CHECK CRITIERIA ABOVE BEFORE FILLING IN INFORMATION BELOW.

    You can receive the application in paper form or electronically through Sunshine Foundation's Website. **IF YOU ARE NOT THE CHILD'S PARENT/GUARDIAN AND WOULD LIKE FOR THE FAMILY TO RECEIVE THE APPLICATION THROUGH THE WEBSITE BE SURE TO PROVIDE AN EMAIL ADDRESS FOR THE CHILD'S PARENT/GUARDIAN. THE SUNSHINE FOUNDATION APPLICATION MUST BE SENT TO THE CHILD'S PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN TO BE FILLED OUT.
    NOTE: Sunshine Foundation grants the dream of only ONE child per household. In order to ensure donor funds are being utilized appropriately, Sunshine Foundation may reach out to various organizations to ensure a dream/wish or other gift has not already been provided.
  • Child's Information

  • Parent / Guardian Information

    Please enter the contact information for the individual that will be completing the Application.
  • Information of Person Making the Request