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Who Can Refer a Child?

Eligible Referral Sources

Out of respect for the privacy of the children and families we serve, children who may be eligible to receive a wish can be referred by one of four sources:

  •  Medical professionals (typically a doctor, nurse, social worker or child-life specialist)
  •  Parents/legal guardians of the potential wish kid
  •  Potential wish kids
  • Family members with detailed knowledge of the child's current medical condition

We will only contact you after a wish referral has been submitted by an approved source. Make-A-Wish® does not cold call or telemarket.

How Can I Refer a Child

If you are not eligible to refer a child, please share the referral inquiry form with the family or ask them to visit our website.

* Please keep in mind that Make-A-Wish does not cold call the families of potentially eligible kids. We ask you to please exercise compassion and suggest to families that they contact us directly. A second-party introduction can be unsettling for a child or the family, and we would prefer that the process be as comfortable, inspiring and private as possible. Thank you for your consideration in this regard.

Wish Referrals in the United States

To learn more about referring a child who lives in the United States or one of its territories, use our online referral inquiry form. The inquiry form is not the official referral - it is a request to receive additional information.

International Wish Referrals

If you would like to learn more about referring a child residing outside the United States, please contact Make-A-Wish® International.

Contact Us

Headquarters telephone
1400 West 17th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
605.335.8000; 800.640.9198
Fax: 605.335.8002 
[email protected]

Regional office-Montana
1015 Mount Ave, Suite C
Missoula, MT 59801
406.259.9848
Fax: 406.252.2157

Regional office-Black Hills
14 Saint Joseph St. Suite 302
Rapid City, SD 57701
605.791.4500
Make-A-Wish® South Dakota & Montana
1400 West 17th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
(605) 335-8000
Toll Free (800) 640-9198
Make-A-Wish® South Dakota & Montana, Black Hills Office
14 Saint Joseph St. Suite 302
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 791-4500
Toll Free (800) 640-9198
Make-A-Wish® South Dakota & Montana, Montana Regional Office
1015 Mount Ave
Suite C
Missoula, MT 59801
(406) 259-9848