A Welcoming Home for JA Families
The Arthritis Foundation offers invaluable resources, events and information to guide you on your journey with juvenile arthritis. We also encourage you reach out to your nearest Arthritis Foundation office to help get connected with other families who can empathize and provide a much-needed support system.
A diagnosis of juvenile arthritis can turn life upside down and make you feel powerless. The Arthritis Foundation offers the JA Power Pack – a tool designed to give your family the POWER to make living with JA easier. To assist with newly diagnosed patients and families, we offer packs for children (ages 0-8), pre-teens (ages 9-12) and teens (ages 13-18).
Our JA camp programs give kids living with juvenile arthritis and other childhood rheumatic diseases the chance to be themselves. Our nationwide camps provide a safe and nurturing environment supervised by trained staff and medical professionals. All camps feature traditional summer camping activities, from canoeing and archery to campfires and sing-alongs. Besides forging new friendships and amazing memories, campers gain a better understanding of their disease while gaining independence and self-confidence.
The Arthritis Foundation hosts events throughout the year to help kids and their families live better with JA and connect with others. Informative and supportive, these events cover various aspects of living with JA, including an overview of the disease, medications, pain management techniques, exercise and more! To learn about JA Days in your area, visit our events page.
Arthritis Foundation Live Yes! Connect Groups provide support for parents and caregivers of children living with juvenile arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. These groups are part of an expansion of Arthritis Foundation resources, providing personalized help and support for parents – with opportunities to connect with others, be educated and feel empowered.
The Arthritis Foundation’s annual National Juvenile Arthritis Conference is where kids, teens, young adults and their families come together from across the country to get better informed about juvenile arthritis and other childhood rheumatic diseases. Attendees share stories, exchange tips and build lifelong memories and friendships. Travel awards are available.
The Arthritis Foundation is here for teens and young adults as they strive for independence and taking active control of their health care. Our Transition Toolkit is designed to help teens and their families develop the skills they need to successfully make the leap to independence. Our iPeer2Peer program matches teens with juvenile arthritis (ages 13-17) to young adult mentor (ages 18-25) who’ll provide insights to how they’ve managed their challenges.
The Winterhoff Arthritis Scholarship is a nationwide scholarship opportunity for deserving college students with arthritis or another rheumatic disease, to help cover the costs of tuition, books and supplies. Scholarship recipients are positive role models and leaders in the arthritis community, empowering themselves and others to live their best life. Administered by the Arthritis Foundation, applications are anonymously reviewed based on submitted essays, not on financial need.
The Arthritis Foundation partners with the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) to find the causes of pediatric rheumatic diseases, develop the most effective treatments and ultimately find a cure. Through the CARRA Registry, researchers collect information on individual patients over time. You and your family can help solve the mysteries of pediatric rheumatic diseases by participating in this important research. Learn how you can help us conquer childhood arthritis.