Support Child Life: The Heart and Soul of Family-Centered Care.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has a reputation as an award-winning hospital. Whether it is for national rankings for providing significant and comprehensive medical care services and programs that meet a sick child’s entire needs or continuing to raise the bar nationally on our patient safety and quality health care programs within our walls, it continues to be a hospital that sets the standard for care.

The Child Life program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is an example of the hospital’s family-centered care in which Child Life staff work in partnership with physicians, nurses, social workers and other members of the patient care team to meet the developmental, social and emotional needs of patients, their siblings and family. Child Life staff help patients cope with the stress and uncertainty of illness, injury and hospitalization when they need it most.

Brent Shapiro foundation.

The Shapiro family founded this organization as a means of honoring their son Brent, who’s tragic death was so sudden-due to substance abuse, but more importantly, to do its part in creating awareness about this disease and halting its spread. It is our hope to spare other parents of the pain and grief that follows in its path.

“Out of their pain came a passionate purpose.”

Having faced the tragedy no parent ever wants to experience – Robert and Linell Shapiro lost their amazing son, Brent to addiction in October of 2005. Out of their tremendous pain came a passionate purpose.

The Brent Shapiro Foundation has successfully created the only program to help prevent the disease of drug addiction. Kids from 11 to 17 years old agree with their parents to random, non-invasive, saliva-based drug testing. With every successful drug test each child receives rewards and those rewards increase as they remain in the program. At high school graduation, having remained drug-free throughout their Brent’s Club membership each child is rewarded a college scholarship.