The Children’s Heart Network is a provincial, non-profit organization offering support, information, and education to families, children, and youth dealing with congenital or acquired heart disease.
For families whose children have been diagnosed with heart disease, many of their hopes and dreams are different than they planned. They are challenged in ways that they never could have imagined. When a child is first diagnosed with congenital heart disease (CHD), often the family’s most familiar supports can seem distant, leaving them feeling isolated and alone. The Children’s Heart Network is made up of families who are travelling down the same road, although each family’s journey will be unique.
One baby in every 100 is born with heart disease. This year in British Columbia another 500 families will receive the news that their child has a heart defect. Half of those children will require medical intervention. With innovative medical and surgical techniques, most children with heart disease have every opportunity to lead full and productive lives.
We believe that families are the best resource available to other families and that support, information, and education can give families confidence and hope.