Beads At Home

Beads at Home Program

Through our Beads at Home Program, we are honored to support children and their families in the US who do not have the opportunity to receive the Beads of Courage® Flagship Program at their current hospital or clinic.

Currently, we have a waiting list for the Beads at Home Program. By completing the Beads at Home Application Form you will be added to our waiting list (map) and contacted about eligibility.

We have put in place an option to have someone sponsor a child in the US for the Beads at Home Program which eliminates the need to be on the waiting list.

New Beads of Courage® members who are enrolled are gifted a special bead to commemorate courage for past treatments, using a “100 Bead” Catch-Up Process where we give a “100 Club Bead” for every 100 past moments of courage.

If you would like all past beads or do not qualify for the Beads at Home Program, you or a loved one can make a donation for the beads at cost through our Bead for Bead Program.  This is also the best option to get beads as an adult or get beads outside the US.

Thank you for your interest in the Beads of Courage® Flagship Program – at Home!

Beads at Home Program – FAQs:

Q: What is the best way to apply for the Beads at Home Program?
A: You can apply via the online Beads at Home Application here.  You should receive a response within a week of applying with more information about the Beads at Home waiting list.

Q: How do I know if I am eligible for the Beads at Home Program?
A: The Beads at Home Program Manager will determine eligibility.  Here are the general criteria:

  • Age- those that are 21 or younger at the time of enrollment.
  • Diagnosis- Frequent hospital stays, clinic visits, or medical treatment needed.
  • Location- In the USA
  • Hospital- Does not have BOC at your hospital or department of the hospital.

Q: What if I don’t qualify for the Beads at Home Program due to age or condition?
A: If you do not meet the eligibility, you may be able to participate in the Bead for Bead (B4B) Program.  B4B is great for adults or those who are not in the USA.

Q: How long is the Beads at Home waiting list?
A: The waiting time varies depending on available sponsors and funding.  In the past, it has been up to 1 year.  Thanks to several donors, it is around 6 months.  You can check to see your status on the waiting list on this map which is updated around the 1st and 15th of each month.  You can also use this map to sponsor kids and teens from a certain region.  This is for the USA only.  International interests can inquire about the Bead for Bead program.

Q: Can I avoid the Beads at Home waiting list?
A: The best way to avoid waiting is to find a sponsor for your beads.  You can even sponsor your own child!

Q: Can I receive beads from past treatments?
A:  We use “100 Club Beads”  that represent 100 moments of courage displayed in the past during medical experiences. Please look over the “100 Bead” Catch-Up process.  However, you can sponsor all past beads through the Bead for Bead program.

Q: How do I receive beads once I am enrolled in the Beads at Home program?
A:  You will receive our Welcome Email with the appropriate Bead Prescription attached and the link to our online Beads at Home Bead Request Form.

Q: How do I know what beads my child should receive?
A:  Upon enrollment, our Welcome Email will have an attachment with the appropriate Bead Prescription. The second page of the Bead Prescription will list each bead and the moment of courage it symbolizes. You can use that Bead Prescription as a guide to tally beads.  We recommend that you do your best to estimate.  It does not have to be exact, and we do not need to know the dates of your experiences. How do you already tell your stories of courage? Mark down a bead for that!

Still have questions? Our Beads at Home Manager would love to hear from you!