Public Outreach & The Family Network

JDRF is dedicated to helping newly diagnosed children, adults and those caring for someone with type 1 diabetes. We hope the following services may be of help:

  • Bag of Hope – A complimentary backpack featuring Rufus, the teddy bear with diabetes and child-friendly tools to help your child or teen up to age 15, understand life with diabetes. To request a bag visit the Bag of Hope page.
  • Ben’s Friends - Introduce your child to another with diabetes through this fun buddy matching program. For more program information and to request a buddy, please contact Lisa Kava.


  • Adult Type 1 Toolkit – If you’re a newly diagnosed adult with type 1 or have lived with it since childhood, this guide provides invaluable information www.jdrf.org/adults.
  • Mentor Services – Volunteer mentors are available to provide peer-to-peer and parent-to-parent support via the phone or in person.  To learn more, please visit the Mentor Services page.  To request a mentor, Click Here.
  • T1D Care Kit – The T1D Care Kit was created as a part of an effort to ensure that all individuals newly diagnosed, 16 and over, with T1D receive the information and support necessary to adjust to life with the disease.  If you are 16 and above and would like a kit, please click FY15 Adult Care Kit Form.


  • Coffee Groups – Offered in most boroughs, these parent groups are organized by volunteers and are a great way to meet other families, exchange ideas and listen to informative speakers.  To learn more, please visit the T1D Coffee Groups or Networking Groups page.  You may also request a parent mentor here.
  • School Advisory Toolkit – Helps parents collaborate with their child’s teachers and school administrators to ensure the smoothest, safest experience at school www.jdrf.org/satrequest.


  • Resources Page - For listings of area endocrinologists, pediatric endocrinologists, diabetes summer camps, support groups and more, click here.
  • Subscribe to Chapter News, our chapter e-newsletter, and receive our JDRF Briefs.
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