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Our No Show Gala event will guarantee your donation will have the biggest impact at Almost Home Kids!

When you buy your No-Show tickets you get entered to the virtual door prize and a chance to win a much needed vacation anywhere:
– Round Trip airfare for 2 anywhere in continental US
– $3000 Airbnb gift card
– $750 gift card for Away luggage

The awesome travel-themed Virtual Door Prize will be drawn on May 25th at 6 PM CST and broadcast via Facebook Live (our Facebook link is here: Almost Home Kids).

Thank you to our amazing sponsors* Mullarkey Associates, Neuco, JMG Financial Group, MAC Rx, ECI, HUB, BKD, The Pluchar Group, UPS and 5/3 Bank – your support has truly made a difference! *Sponsor links open in a new window.

A big shout out of thanks to Ben Bogdanski, Timmy, Marty, Kira, Augie & Joe for their incredible job clearing our backyard walking path areas of tons of branches that had fallen over the winter.

This amazing group came with smiles on their faces and worked hard getting us ready for lots of walks outdoors with the children! Thanks to all of them for spending their day off school helping us with this big project!

If you are interested in organizing a crew to help with our landscaping jobs on the two and a half acres of land around our Naperville site, please email Lisa at – corporate groups, civic groups or just a few of your friends are all welcome.

We are looking for dynamic nursing professionals like you to add to our healthcare team. We are interested in experienced Registered Nurses who courageously approach, and positivity impact the children in our care every day.

Job Description
The purpose is to assist providers in delivering patient care in a home like setting by performing patient assessments and documenting medical histories and vital signs. This role utilizes the nursing process and performs responsibilities in five areas of nursing practice: clinician, clinical inquiry, teacher, professional development and leadership responsibilities also include patient/family education and instruction during visits, performing telephone triage and other activities as assigned. Understands and integrates into the delivery of patient care the needs of neonatal, pediatrics, adolescent and adult patients in regard to their growth and development process

Essential Job Functions
1. Performs nursing assessments utilizing a variety of assessment methods and/or area-specific tools.
2. Individualizes existing plans of care and develops goals relative to family needs. Evaluates and documents changes to the plan.
3. Develops or individualizes teaching plans/protocols to meet patient and family learning needs. Identifies patient preferences and needs including motivation to learn. Evaluates and documents changes to the pan, whether that be in the, Electronic Medical Record or in the paper chart.
4. Performs nursing care according to procedures/protocols. Anticipates impending emergent situations and intervenes effectively.
5. Communicates with the family and members of the multidisciplinary team to identify health care needs. Communicates changes in patient status. Utilizes appropriate resources for referral or consultations.
6. Keeps up to date in nursing practice by utilizing current nursing and healthcare literature for information and problem solving.
7. incorporates current hospital and departmental quality initiatives into daily activities.
8. Adheres to communication, service excellence and professional image standards that support the hospital mission and philosophy
9. Identifies learning needs and seeks resources to advance nursing practice· and achieve professional goals.
10. Performs job functions adhering to service principles with customer service focus of innovation, service excellence and teamwork to provide the highest quality care and service to our patients, families, co-workers and others.

1. Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing required.
2. Current licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Illinois.
3. CPR certification required.
4. Ability to effectively communicate with patient/families, physicians and hospital staff.
5. Basic computer skills required

Online application required. Please visit our job opportunity website to official apply (search for “Almost Home Kids”: (link opens in a new window)

You can uplift hundreds of local charities all at once by participating in Giving DuPage Days. Almost Home Kids has joined 103 worthy organizations to raise awareness for services right here in the community.  Join this countywide event to help to spread the word on our behalf and click here.

This year the event takes place for 5 days from April 26 – April 30.

Will you help us share the news?  #GDD2021 #ShareTheCare

Join friends of Almost Home Kids for the annual Golf Marathon at Zigfield Troy on MONDAY, June 14, 2021. Golf Marathon Participants (age 21 and over) will commit to raising $1000 and will play 100 holes starting at 10:30 AM, followed by a barbecue feast at the completion of 100 holes.

Sign up to golf or donate to the Golf Marathon in general click here!

Donations can be made to a particular golfer or team, or as a general donation on this site. Offline donations (cash or checks) can be given to participants and credited toward their fundraising goal.

Our virtual Shamrock Shuffle team raised almost $10,000 this year!!

Jigna and Ruchik Patel lead the way with their personal fundraising total at an impressive $4,387. Grant Thornton won the team honors with a total of $2,360. All in all the AHK running team have made an amazing difference at Almost Home Kids!

There is still time to donate, just follow this link:

We were really excited to see AHK Alum Nigel and his dad Jimmy join the team! Nigel came to AHK in 2013 for Transitional Care and we are all thrilled to see his awesome progress.

Almost Home Kids is looking for a Clinical Coordinator who embodies the below qualities as well as identifying with the Almost Home Kids mission and model. The position is based in Naperville.

  • Qualities of ideal RN
  • Critical skills
  • Professionalism
  • Time management
  • Home health/peds bedside experience
  • Transitional care interest
  • Relationship building
  • Education driven
  • Collaboration

If you are interested in learning more or applying, please click here

We are celebrating Social Work and Child Life Specialist Month and recognizing the wonderful  team we have at Almost Home Kids Kids.



Amy Bramwell, MSW
Social Worker





Alex Schober, BS, CCLS
Certified Child Life Specialist





Molly Kim, MSW
Social Worker


Below are the standard descriptions of both Social Workers and Child Life Specialists, but it misses our the extra special care and attention part that our social workers and child life specialist give the children in our care and their families. Our transitional care and respite care models would not be as successful as they are without the amazing work, TLC  and expertise that Amy, Alex and Molly bring to Almost Home Kids.

Social workers support individuals and their families through difficult times and ensure that vulnerable people, including children and adults, are safeguarded from harm. Their role is to help improve outcomes in people’s lives. They maintain professional relationships and act as guides and advocates.

Child life specialists are health care professionals who help children and families navigate the process of illness, injury, disability, trauma, or hospitalization.

Congratulations to our amazing APRN Stephanie (Stephanie Wiegert, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC) for being nominated for APP (Advance Practice Provider) of the year at Lurie Children’s. Stephanie was not selected as the winner of this prestigious award, but just being nominated deserves a big congrats and is an awesome achievement! There are over 300 possible candidates for this award.

Here are some of the cool things Stephanie’s colleagues wrote about her during the nomination process:

“Stephanie is a team player! She joined Almost Home Kids as the new APRN on the team earlier this year, at a time when one APRN was leaving, and the only other APRN was on leave. Stephanie did not hesitate. She jumped in with both feet, helping to cover both sites. She is passionate about children with medical complexities and is always willing to sit down with families and discuss all their concerns and address any worries they have about their child.”

“Stephanie is a new APRN at Almost Home Kids and has been nothing but an asset since beginning. She is very knowledgeable and comes to us with so much compassion and expertise. She carries professionalism in her communication and care with coworkers, families, and the children in our care. She is a great team player and always is open, willing, and looking to learn and collaborate with others.”

We are thrilled to announce two new additions to the Almost Home Kids at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois operational and clinical team.

Cindy Martin began her role as Director of Almost Home Kids at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois in November 2020. Cindy has been with OSF HealthCare for nearly 15 years. She started her career at OSF as a Charge Nurse on the Mom Baby unit at OSF SFMC and served in various leadership roles over the years, most recently as the OSF SFMC Director of Women’s Services. In that role, Cindy directed the Mom Baby, Newborn and Women’s Care units as well as the MFM Diagnostic Center, CFH Breast Center and the Breast-Feeding Resource Center. She is an adjunct Professor at Bradley University. Cindy has a son Alexander, daughter Mollie and a granddaughter Lilah. She loves to spend time with family and friends in her free time.

Brittany King is joining the team on February 8 as Patient Care Manager. Brittany has 5 years of experience in Women Services and has been a part of the OSF HealthCare team since 2015 where she started as a nurse extern on the Antepartum unit. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saint Ambrose University, of Davenport Iowa. Brittany has previously served as a Primary Charge RN on the Women’s Care Unit, which then led her into her most recent position as the Patient Care Supervisor of the Women’s Care Unit and Maternal Fetal Diagnostics. Brittany grew up in Morton and will soon be moving to Hanna City, with her new husband Travis and black lab Mia. Brittany enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling and spending time outdoors.