UCP Launches New Brave Kids Site

BraveKids Web siteUnited Cerebral Palsy (UCP) has launched a new online encyclopedia for children, youth and teens ages 6-17 with chronic illnesses and disabilities. The new Brave Kids site also offers resources for families and caregivers.

Brave Kids features information and resources on a number of conditions and provides an online community for parents and caregivers to share ideas and get support.

In March 2000, the site’s founder, Kristen Fitzgerald launched the original Brave Kids after losing two of her children to catastrophic illnesses. The site rolled out nationwide in 2002 with support from the University of California, San Francisco and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, among others. UCP took ownership of the Web site in 2011.

“UCP is proud to couple UCP’s strong tradition of serving people with disabilities and their families with Kristen Fitzgerald’s vision that no parent should feel alone in times of grief and struggle,” said Stephen Bennett, UCP president and CEO. “Brave Kids is a critical piece of UCP’s Public Education & Outreach initiatives, which guide people with disabilities and caregivers through the entire life cycle. UCP is delighted to relaunch Brave Kids and deliver regularly updated news and content through the resource.”

Features on Brave Kids include the following:

  • A monthly newsletter and social media on Twitter and Facebook
  • A secure support community of people with common experiences
  • A Just for Kids section with tips and tools about growing up in today's world.