The Tender Loving Care Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that was started by parents of “graduates” of the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) at the Cohen Children’s Hospital of New York, within the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System (NSLIJHS).

Its primary goal is to see that the NICUs, as well as the entire perinatal health care environment, evolve along family-centered care ideals.

Members of the TLC Foundation are deeply committed advocates for future parents, who normally have no idea what to expect when informed that their new-born baby will need “critical care” or will need to be housed in a “NICU.”

The TLC Foundation’s mission is to bring about a brighter, stress-free beginning for all families whose children may one day be in need of neonatal health care services.

The Neonatal-Perinatal Health Care Services of NSLIJHS oversees the care of approximately 23,000 newborn infants each year, managed over a total of ten facilities. Sick and critically ill newborns who must remain hospitalized receive care in the Health System’s highly specialized neonatal ICUs.

Their illnesses may include cardiopulmonary disease, congenital heart disease, surgical conditions, or general neonatal medical conditions of hematological, gastrointestinal, renal, neurological and neurosurgical, respiratory, endocrine, and orthopedic systems.

Depending upon their condition, newborn infants may require intensive care for only a few hours, or may require hospitalization for several weeks or months. In addition, premature or multiple birth infants often require care provided by the Neonatal-Perinatal Health Care Team.