Our Mission

is to put smiles back on sick kids' faces.

TLC for Kids Charity Healthcare Programs

The RAPID TLC Program is the fastest referral system of its kind in Australia. Healthcare professionals can contact us to request free emotional and practical support for sick children in need and their families. TLC for Kids is committed to responding to all requests immediately, actioning them within 24 – 48 hours, if not within the hour – hence the name ‘RAPID TLC.’ 


The Distraction Box Program is designed to give nurses and healthcare professionals the perfect tools to guide young children through painful examinations and procedures. The box contains items that engage the attention of the child and also comply with hospital infection control protocols, diverting their attention away from the procedure.


The TLC Ambulance will be delivering special moments to sick children in palliative care, transporting them to their most treasured places to experience that joy one last time. Volunteer paramedics will drive a fun, repurposed ambulance to transport the child, and the family will receive a commemorative photo and video package.


Our digital distraction app, Tap 2 Distract, comprises a variety of games and activities, each with a specific purpose to help distract and reduce fear for a child during a medical procedure or whilst they are under any form of stress or discomfort. When a child is feeling traumatised, uncertain or vulnerable, it is important to reassure them with positive engagement. This can be done via the Tap 2 Distract App to encourage play and give the child a sense of control.


Since 1998

We have helped sick kids over 13.4 million times and counting

You may not have heard of TLC for Kids, but we have been working behind the scenes since 1998 to provide unique programs to give practical, emotional and distractional support to sick children and their families. 

We currently register nearly a million occasions of impact every year. Read on to find out how we do this. 

The Stats That Matter

Hospitals working with children who are using TLC for Kids services
Uses of the TLC for Kids Distraction Boxes in medical rooms each year
TLC for Kids Distraction Boxes distributed around Australia
Individual RAPID TLC Requests that have been filled since 1998

TLC for Kids services are used to help children and families

…But we want to reach them all, ensuring no child falls through the gaps. Help us create more stories like the ones you’ve read above.

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