Dream Process

How We Grant Dreams

There are four steps to having a dream come true.  Granting a dream is more than creating a moment of a lifetime.  It serves as an opportunity of inspiration for children to continue with often times difficult medical treatments and gives them hope for a better tomorrow.

Step 1: Referral
Children aged three through 18 who are critically or chronically ill and have not received a wish from another wish-granting organization may be eligible for a dream. Referrals can be made by the parents or guardians, the treating physician and, occasionally, the children themselves. Refer a Child »

Step 2: Medical eligibility 
To receive a dream, the child must be diagnosed with a critical or serious chronic illness.  In each illness, there should be a clear quality of life issue that is present and verifiable by the child’s attending physician.

Step 3: Finding a dream
Dream Screeners are dedicated and compassionate volunteers who are tasked with finding out what children’s dreams are made of. The Dream Screener will see the child and through an interview process determine the child’s dream. If there are dream limitations due to the illness of the child, we’ll work closely with the child and family to provide a dream that is appropriate and safe for that child’s physical abilities.

Step 4: Creating lasting memories
Once a child’s screening process is complete, our volunteer Dream Managers roll up their sleeves and get to work coordinating the necessary arrangements and special touches for making a one of a kind and memorable experience for the children and their family.