Improving Systems of Care
for Children with
Special Health Care Needs


Children with Special Health Care Needs are those who have, or are at increased risk for, a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally.

-- U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau


An estimated 10 to 15 percent of children in California have a special health care need, and their numbers are growing. The Foundation supports the health of children with special needs through its Development program by raising funds for Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Through its Programs and Partnerships work, the Foundation invests in building better systems of health care in California.