Children's Cancer Center social workers can help provide you with information on many needs ranging from lodging to emotional counseling to education. Your doctor will refer you or you may ask to meet with them. They describe their jobs as providing a roadmap for children and parents as they are treated for cancer, sickle cell or blood-related diseases.
Social workers begin working with patients and their families as soon as cancer is diagnosed. They may begin by gathering information about your family, the type of support you have, the educational needs of your child and resources you have to continue treatment as well as other factors. Once they have that information, they can help you search for resources to meet many of those goals.
Our social workers can offer you and your child ongoing counseling during treatment and provide crisis intervention and grief/bereavement counseling. They are also on hand to guide you through this experience. In fact, they will give you a resource guide on your first visit and are available to answer your questions or help you find who can answer your questions.
Social workers also can answer questions about transportation, lodging, financial resources and wigs for children who have lost their hair.
Soon after your child is diagnosed, your social worker will give you a resource guide and go over the materials with you. This binder is filled with information for children and for families facing cancer treatment for a child.
The binder includes information:
Your child’s care team is ready to help you take advantage of some special programs offered through Children's of Mississippi or by local organizations to help make cancer treatment more tolerable for your child and your family. Those range from granting your child’s wish to providing your child a way to mark his cancer journey. Ask your child’s social worker about these services.
This website offers families a way to post updates about their child’s illness so family and friends can keep up with care and progress. It also allows those family and friends to send their thoughts and encouragement to you and your child. The resource guide provided by our social workers includes information on Caring Bridge.
The Ronald McDonald House offers lodging for families of children who are hospitalized or receiving treatment here. If you are coming from out of town and must spend the night, ask your Children's Cancer Center social worker for a referral to the house.
This home, on the UMMC campus, provides overnight lodging with a bedroom and bath for families whose children are hospitalized or must be in Jackson for treatment. Families share common areas such as the kitchen, living room, laundry room and dining area.
The UMC Candlelighters picks up the cost (an $8 per night donation is requested) for pediatric cancer patients and their families.
If you are staying elsewhere in town, your social worker may be able to refer you to use the laundry facilities at Ronald McDonald house. Our social workers also can provide you with a list of area hotels which offer discounts to families of pediatric patients. Find out more by asking your social worker.
Chaplains in UMMC's pastoral services are available to meet with you and your family at the hospital or at Jackson Medical Mall upon request. Offices are at University Hospital, where you also can visit our chapel and quiet room. Chaplains can pray with you, counsel you and help you and your family with sacraments, religious rites and rituals, end-of-life issues and grief care and support. If you prefer, they will help you contact a pastor of your faith in the community.
Let your social worker know you want to speak to a chaplain and they can call for you. You also may call the pastoral office at (601) 815-2112 or the UMMC operator at (601) 984-1000.
Children's Cancer Center offers an array of counseling services for children and their families. A psychologist is part of your child’s cancer care team and works with a social worker, teacher, art therapist and many others to make sure the emotional, physical and social needs of each patient are met. The counseling team regularly:
When your child comes to the center, you probably will be referred to one of the counselors. If not, you can ask your social worker or nurse for a referral.
Treatment will not be denied any Mississippi child because his family cannot pay. Our billing department can provide information on bills and insurance the hospital accepts. Your Children's Cancer Center social worker also may be able to direct you to local nonprofit organizations which help with some small needs.