Standish Foundation for Children was founded in 2010 by Andy Standish. The organization was named after her husband, Michael Standish, for his unfailing support of her passion to help ill children and their families.

Andy, a Certified Child Life Specialist, was determined to see child-and-family-centered healthcare practices implemented in more hospitals. Often seen as a hindrance, these child-friendly practices actually make life much easier for pediatric medical staff, and certainly for child patients and their families.


Before long, the Standish Foundation had an energetic board and a flourishing international advisory council. Andy was regularly taking international medical mission and support trips and growing her network around the globe. Soon, two opportunities for impact were revealed to the Standish Board of Directors. One was developing a child-and-family-centered curriculum that could be taught through workshops to physicians, nurses and other medical staff. The other was identifying the geographic area that exhibited the greatest need for such practices. Medical practices in the United States, while certainly not 100 percent child-friendly, are much further ahead than in many parts of the world. As such, the Standish Foundation made the decision to focus its efforts on partnering with hospitals in regions and countries that need it most.


Today, the Standish Foundation is working to educate staff and instill child-and-family-centered healthcare principles in hospitals located in several countries around the world.

Through partnerships with hospitals and other pediatric health-focused organizations, the Standish Foundation can maximize donors’ gifts of time, money and materials to ensure more children are impacted positively. Together, we seek ways to promote one another, share strategies and resources, and lend our voices and expertise to accomplish complimentary objectives.


More than half a million kids in 20 countries

The Standish Foundation is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization with multi-disciplinary global health volunteers in more than 20 countries. Our programs help more than 600,000 children each year.

High standards, low or no cost

We meet or exceed non-profit standards for best practices in governance, accountability and ethical practices. Our services are offered low/no charge to healthcare providers so that families have the best access possible.

150 providers, 4000 patients

Each year, we reach 150 providers, who in turn support more than 4,000 patients. We help both hospitals and providers transform the healthcare system into a friendlier place to create more positive experiences for individuals.

Support during natural disasters

We have provided more than 3,000 play kits for children who are forced to seek shelter during disasters. These horrible events can happen in any place at any time. We ensure that children get the help and comfort they need in every situation.

Our hospital network is global

We support 40 hospitals and clinics in the United States and abroad. Our reach doesn’t stop at borders because the healthcare experience doesn’t either.