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Frequently Asked Questions


What can a child wish for?

We like to say that a wish is only limited by a child’s imagination; however, some restrictions do apply to protect the safety of the child.

Does “life-threatening” mean “terminal?”

No, a life-threatening illness is not necessarily a terminal illness. Many of our wish children go on to lead healthy lives, remembering fondly the wish that in many cases was an integral part of their healing process. 

How old does a child have to be to have a wish granted?

The child must be older than 2 1/2 and younger than 18 years old at the time they are referred to the Make-A-Wish Idaho to have a wish granted.

How much does it cost a family to have a wish granted?

Nothing. There is no cost to the family, we take care of everything.

Does the family’s financial status matter?

No, the economic background of the child and their family has no bearing on whether or not a wish is granted. The only qualifying factors are age and medical diagnosis.

Are all wishes publicized?

No, families can choose whether they will allow publicity of the wish. We always respect their need for privacy.

Can the child’s family participate in the wish?

Yes, the wish experience extends to the entire, immediate family living in the home, knowing that parents and siblings want to share in the magic too.

How do I refer a child?

Please click here to complete an online wish referral form or contact our office at 208-345-9474.

How do I become a volunteer?

Please review the volunteer section of our website where you can find our most up-to-date volunteer needs.

Make-A-Wish® Idaho
310 W. Idaho Street
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 345-9474