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 3,700 children and their families at different stages of the illness and recovery.

BPSS Model

CCF adopts the biopsychosocial-spiritual (BPSS) model of care for our beneficiaries. This holistic approach takes into account the unique biological, psychological, social and spiritual factors that affect each individual’s subjective experiences and clinical outcomes.

Our social workers conduct specialised assessments using the BPSS model for clients to tailor a suitable psychosocial treatment plan and achieve the best possible outcomes.

CCF Service Model

CCF offers a spectrum of critical services to our beneficiaries through our hospital-community service model. It is aligned to their continuum of needs throughout their childhood cancer journey.

  • In the Hospitals – From the point of their childhood cancer diagnosis, CCF helps children and their families cope with the hospital experiences that range from difficult treatment procedures and side-effects to long stays and repeated visits. Our social workers and child life therapists are sited in KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) and the National University Hospital (NUH) to work in partnership with the medical teams in the paediatric oncology wards. Should a child be at the end stage of his/her life, CCF also provides palliative and bereavement support to improve the quality of life of the child and his/her affected family.
  • In the Community – With more children surviving childhood cancer, CCF provides continual care to help our survivors reintegrate into their community and lead fulfilling lives. These include supporting younger children in joining or transitioning back to mainstream schools as well as youth survivors with long-term side-effects due to the treatment of cancer. We also serve children affected by immediate family members diagnosed with cancer.
  • Services offered to children with cancer and their families
    • Casework and Counselling
    • Play Services
    • Financial Assistance
    • Art Therapy
    • Play Therapy
    • Animal-Assisted Therapy
    • Music Therapy
    • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
    • Child Life Services
    • 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
    • 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 at the primary level.

Quick Facts Statistics
Number of children and their families served in 2022 652
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 2022 184
Year Children's Cancer Foundation was founded
(formerly known as WALK – Working in Aid of Leukaemic Kids)

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