Family Resources

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Support resources offered by the Hummingbird team are tailored to meet the unique needs of your child and family. While no one is exactly like you, other patients and families have identified the resources on this page to be helpful. Please contact the Hummingbird Program with any resource-related questions or to share items that have been helpful to you and your family.   

Penn State Children's Hospital

Penn State Children's Hospital is the location of the Hummingbird Program. It offers more than 20 specialty pediatric patient services in Hershey, and numerous specialty services at more than 30 outpatient clinic locations throughout Pennsylvania.

Medical Care Notebooks

A medical care notebook is a tool to help you organize important information and maintain an ongoing record of your child's care, services, providers, etc. To receive a free medical care notebook, please speak to any member of the Hummingbird team. Notebooks can be personalized to meet your child's unique needs by downloading additional templates.

Glossary of Medical Terms

Congregational Care Team

The Congregational Care Team is a partnership between a family, congregation, Pastoral Care Services, and the Hummingbird Program to provide non-medical support for children with complex medical illnesses and their families.

Children's Miracle Network

Children's Miracle Network is an international non-profit organization working with more than 170 children's hospitals. CMN raises funds and awareness to benefit Penn State Children's Hospital. These funds are used by the children's hospital to purchase life-saving equipment and support vital patient programs, services, and pediatric research.

Special Needs Camps

Many camp programs are available that accommodate children with special medical needs. Attending summer camp allows children an opportunity to have fun and to meet other children with similar medical conditions.

Resources for Parents/ Caregivers

Complex Child is a monthly online magazine written by parents of children with special healthcare needs and disabilities.  It is intended to provide medical information, along with personal experiences, in simple language that other parents can understand.  Articles are on a wide variety of topics ranging from basic information on medical conditions and treatments to advice on how to beat insurance company denials. 

Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania matches parents, family members, and caregivers of children and adults with disabilities or special needs together on a one-to-one basis, according to conditions or concerns.   

Bereavement Resources

The death of a child is something no family should have to endure. We encourage family members to utilize the bereavement resources available through Penn State Children's Hospital or to look here for resources closer to home. Families may also call the program directly at 717-531-3558 to discuss additional support resources. 

Bereavement Camps

Bereavement Camps offer fun and support to children and teens who have experienced the loss of a loved one.