Catastrophic Illness in Children Bridge Loan

The New Jersey Department of Human Services offers a financial assistance program, the New Jersey Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund, for families dealing with large medical expenses for a child with an illness or condition (acute or chronic) for which they are unable to pay and are not fully covered by insurance, state, federal programs or other sources. The program requires that the eligible family pay the up-front costs first, for which they are later reimbursed. However, some families are unable to get the help they need because they cannot afford the up-front costs.

To solve this problem for its affected residents, The Camden County Board of Freeholders has established the Camden County Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund Bridge Loan (CICRFBL), which assists local families by providing secured “bridge loans” for up to $5,000 to be used for eligible down payments or expenses. For example, a loan could be used to make modifications to their home to make it wheelchair accessible, or for equipment to improve mobility for a medically fragile child. The Camden County Bridge Loans that are approved by the Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund are then repaid by the Fund, not by the family.

To learn more about this special Camden County Bridge Loan or to see if your family can qualify, contact:

Camden County Division of Special Child Health Services
DiPiero Center, Suite 401
512 Lakeland Road
Blackwood, NJ 08012
Phone: 856-374-6021

For more information about the Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund offered by the State of New Jersey, contact:

Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund Commission
New Jersey Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 728
Trenton, NJ 08625- 0728
1-800-335-FUND (3863) or (609) 292-0600
www.njcatastrophicfund.org