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Parents Guide

As a parent or guardian, you might have some questions about Make-A-Wish®. Your child cannot be referred to the Foundation without your permission and perhaps you are hesitating. We hope that this area of our Web site will help put your mind at ease.

Does a child have to be terminal or dying? 
No, Make-A-Wish grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. In fact, more than 80% of the children we have helped are still alive today. That says a lot about the power of medicine and the magic of Make-A-Wish.

Does our financial situation affect whether our child will get a wish? 
No, financial circumstances play no role in qualification. Only your child's medical condition is a factor.

Can I refer my child? 
Yes, anyone can refer a child to Make-A-Wish. If the referral is made by someone other than a parent/guardian or potential wish child, permission must be obtained from the family to contact  Make-A-Wish.

Does my child then go on a waiting list? 
No, we fulfill wishes on your timetable, not ours. We want the wish experience to be as carefree as possible. You will be visited by trained Make-A-Wish volunteers who will help plan every detail of the wish. We just want you to simply enjoy the experience.

How will this help my child? 
Read on to learn what other parents have said about their child's Make-A-Wish experience.

A wish helps bring back happiness

Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Inc.
The Gulf Tower
707 Grant Street, 37th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1938
(412) 471-9474
Toll Free (800) 676-9474
Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Southern West Virginia Office
888 Oakwood Rd
Oakwood Center, Suite 330
Charleston, WV 25314
(304) 342-9474
Toll Free (800) 664-9474
Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Northern West Virginia Office
913 Canyon Road
Morgantown, WV 26508
(304) 292-5600
Toll Free (888) 808-9474