Process for Granting Experience

Hope Process

Who is eligible? New Hampshire resident children who:

  • are between the ages of 3 and 18.
  • have a serious or chronic illness, such as but not limited to, the following: Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Epilepsy, etc.
  • haven’t received a “wish” or Experience from another agency.
  • are referred by community members, e.g., teachers, doctors, friends, neighbors, etc.

What happens next?

Once we receive a referral, a phone conversation takes place with the parent(s) or guardian(s) for more information about the child referred. High Hopes will then send out an introductory letter and packet of forms for the parents to sign and return, including four reference forms and medical release form.

After all forms and references are returned, High Hopes will schedule an in-person meeting with the parent(s) or guardian(s) to gather more information about the child and the possible Experience. That information is presented to the Experience committee.

Next comes the two-part decision to grant the Experience. First, the Experience committee will decide whether to move forward with granting the request. Then, the final decision is presented at the next board meeting for a vote. If the final vote is yes, the process moves forward. If not, the parent is informed.

If the final vote is yes, we will begin working with the family on planning the Experience. This can take from weeks up to a year to complete.

“From the application process, to the stay, to the trip home – everything was incredibly smooth and well-planned. That means a lot when you are travelling with 3 children. The trip was awesome, not only for the children, but for my husband and myself, as well. It was the first time in 8 years that we were stress-free. We were given the opportunity to leave our reality behind and just enjoy some quality family time. Give The Kids The World is the most amazing place on earth and the staff made all of my children feel special, not just Zac.”

Diana Marshall

What could the Experience be?

For more than 30 years, we have presented a wide variety of Experiences – from single-event Experiences like meet-and-greets with sports figures, fully handicap-accessible family trips, and shopping sprees, to Experiences that impact children and families in the long-term: We have been able to provide a donated van that fit a child’s wheelchair, so the family could go more places together; there have been access enhancements made to homes, including swing sets all the children could use, and a therapeutic hot tub; we have paid for training therapy dogs or for equine camps for young riders.

Download the referral form to begin the process today.


Download Referral Form


Contact the High Hopes Foundation to learn more about the life changing Experience granting process.