Lack of funding temporarily closes children's hospice

The Bay Area's only free standing hospice for children is in danger of shutting down.

March 24, 2010 6:46:49 AM PDT
The Bay Area's only hospice facility for children is closing down temporarily because of a sharp drop in funding.

George Mark Children's House in San Leandro is suspending in-patient programs, meaning dying children will no longer be able to stay there.

Most of the staff was laid off Tuesday. The few remaining will continue to provide out-patient services like grief counseling.

Since opening in 2004, George Mark has provided respite care for the families of terminally-ill kids.

Directors hope to re-open after the summer, if they can get contracts with insurance providers.