The Beaumont Children's Pediatric Family Advisory Council at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI, created a special program to bring holiday light and cheer to the hospital's pediatric patients. The program is called Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams, and at 8 p.m. on every evening in December, community members shine flashlights up toward the hospital's windows, where children are waiting to flash them back. "Many children are unable to leave their rooms and can feel isolated in the hospital as the rest of the world continues without them," Beaumont Children's Child Life Supervisor Kathleen Grobbel said. "With the help of the community, we can make sure they go to bed with smiles on their faces."
In 2016, ACLP conducted a survey of professionals who either previously worked or currently work in community based /non-traditional settings. The goal of the survey was to address the needs and barriers of child life professionals working in community settings. An exciting and relatively new landscape in the field of child life, this sector of the profession is one garnering tremendous interest and experiencing rapid growth. Thus, the information gathered from the survey was the catalyst for forming the Community Based/Non-Traditional Role Committee in order to support both new and existing professionals. The committee serves to provide oversight, guidance, and support to a variety of child life practices and services that exist outside of the traditional inpatient/outpatient hospital setting.
Suggestions to help increase visibility and awareness of the community based services included promoting the value and inclusion of community based/non- traditional child life specialists through marketing, media, and the ACLP website.
Advocating for change and growth related to service delivery and credentialing in the following ways:
1. Advocating for child life services to become a billable/reimbursable service,
2. Assistance with licensure and additional credentials, and
3. Advocating for liability insurance