Children's Cancer Foundation

Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF) is a social service agency 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 3,200 children and their families at different stages of the illness and recovery.

Armed with the vision of providing world-class resources and psychosocial services to children and their families affected 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 to the Children and Families
    • Casework and Counselling
    • Therapeutic Play
    • Financial Assistance
    • Art Therapy
    • Play Therapy
    • Animal-Assisted Therapy
    • Family Therapy
    • Grief Therapy
    • Child Life Service
    • Caregivers Support Services
    • Hospital Play Services
    • Survivorship Programme
    • Schooling Programme
    • Place for Academic Learning and Support (PALS)
    • Tuition and Befriending
    • Psychosocial and Recreational Activities
    • Palliative and Bereavement Service
    • Very Important Brothers and Sisters (VIBS) Programme
    • Children Impacted by Cancer Programme
  • Other Programmes
    • Volunteer Management and Engagement
    • Public Education and Engagement
    • Training and Research

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 caters to students of different academic levels, from Nursery 1 to Secondary 5. The centre provides an infection-controlled environment, a holistic curriculum and personalised academic coaching to prepare the children for their eventual return to school. In 2019, PALS also started offering support to students with special needs in the primary level.

Quick Facts Statistics
Number of children and their families served in 2020 510
Most common childhood cancer Leukaemia
The largest age group of children newly-diagnosed with cancer 0-4 years old
No. of children diagnosed with childhood cancer in 2020 121
Year Children's Cancer Foundation was founded
(formerly known as WALK – Working in Aid of Leukaemic Kids)

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