“The right equipment makes our lives easier – not easy – but easier!”
For over 25 years, the consistent mission of the Fragile Kids Foundation was to enhance the quality of life and well being of children with support, supplies and prescribed medical equipment not covered by Georgia Medicaid or private insurance for Georgia’s medically fragile children living with chronic illnesses, genetic and traumatic disorders and orthopedic and neuro-muscular challenges.
In 2017, Fragile Kids Foundation merged with FOCUS so we can better provide this full range of services to our children in need.
Parents or legal guardians of a medically fragile child, age 21 or younger, who is a legal U.S. citizen with a primary residence in Georgia may apply for Equipment. Each application is reviewed by a Medical Review Committee that meets four times each year. FOCUS + Fragile Kids may grant equipment to families at no cost, or may loan equipment for an extended period for a $25 usage fee.
Equipment Grants only cover equipment that is not covered by insurance or Medicaid, and may include:
- Wheelchair lifts, stair-lifts, and overhead lift systems
- Ramps for homes and vans
- Specialized car seats
- Pediatric strollers
- Beach wheelchairs (see beach wheelchair section below)
- Seating and more
Eligibility Guidelines for Equipment Grants:
- The total lifetime per child/family is $10,000
- Van-lift grants are one-time only grants, with a maximum of $5,000
- Ceiling lift and stair lift grants are one-time only grants
- Families can apply for one grant a year
- Loaned equipment does not count towards lifetime maximum or grant per year limit
Approval Process: Applications are reviewed by our Medical Review Committee, usually quarterly. Applications must be complete to be eligible for review. If a family’s application is approved, it may take up to 9 months for funding to be released. Once funding is released, FOCUS + Fragile Kids will pay the vendor directly. Families are never paid directly.
Application are accepted at all times. Medical Reviews are usually quarterly.
Van Lift or Conversion Grants: FOCUS + Fragile Kids may cover up to $5,000 for van lifts and conversions. Families should apply using the Equipment Grant Application (below). To add a ramp to an existing van (that families already own), the mileage must be less than 90,000 miles. To purchase a van, the family must qualify financially; this determination is usually made by the van company. FOCUS + Fragile Kids will cover up to $5,000 towards the lift; checks are always made to the van company.
To Apply for a Grant: Families should complete a grant application and submit with all required documentation (1040, quote from a vendor, letter of medical necessity). Applications should be mailed to the FOCUS office, or scanned and emailed to dev[email protected]. Please do not fax any applications or paperwork.
All-Terrain/Beach Wheelchairs: FOCUS + Fragile Kids has All-Terrain Wheelchairs in our loaner equipment. These are available for use for up to 2 weeks at a time. We ask for an $100 deposit, refundable at time of return. Families are responsible for picking-up and returning beach wheelchairs. To apply to borrow a beach wheelchair, please complete one of the applications below:
For more information on our Equipment Program, please contact Devi at [email protected].