If your child has an “applicable medical condition,” you may qualify for free or reduced-cost sibling-directed banking for a child you have later (perhaps one who was conceived in part for his or her cord blood stem cells). Applicable conditions include those that can be treated with stem cell transplants as standard therapy.

Unfortunately, the grant for free public banking for families with this need was not extended past October 2011. However, some public banks may still provide this service. Family banks also offer discounted programs to families with financial needs.

The Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation lists the public banks and private companies that participate in sibling-directed programs and describes the criteria in detail. This is yet another great resource from the Parent’s Guide.


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