Sibling Connection

Our Sibling Program

What is the Sibling Connection Program?

Helping those who need it most.

The Sibling Connection program may be available to any expectant family with a child who has an established diagnosis that is currently treatable with a sibling cord blood transplant.

This program provides ViaCord's high-quality cord blood collection, processing and five years of storage at no cost to expecting parents who have a child that meets the enrollment requirements of the program. 

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Who Is Eligible for The Sibling Connection Program?

Eligible Criteria:

✔    The baby whose cord blood will be stored must be a full sibling (same biological parents) of the child in need. 

✔    The child in need must have one of the diseases that are currently treatable with sibling cord blood in transplant (see the list of eligible diagnoses below).


What Is The Process?

Next steps for parents-to-be interested in the Sibling Connection program

1.    Talk to your child's physician about the Sibling Connection program to find out if it's right for you.

2.    Call our Sibling Connection program specialists at 866-861-8435 

3.    Complete required medical referral and enrollment forms - see below.

4.    Upon approval, a ViaCord collection kit will be sent to your home and a letter will be sent to the delivery medical professional with cord blood collection training materials. 

5.    Bring your ViaCord collection kit to the hospital on the day of delivery. 

IMPORTANT TIPS: Let your doctor know that you're collecting the cord blood your intention to potentially use it for another child.  Remind the doctor to thoroughly clean the cord and collect as much cord blood as possible.


Required Forms for Enrollment

Forms must completed and returned to ViaCord prior to enrollment.


•    MEDICAL REFERRAL FORMS  (For Doctor to Complete)
The appropriate medical referral form must be completed by the doctor caring for the sibling with the qualifying condition (the newborn must be a full sibling). Find and download the appropriate medical referral form from the eligible condition list below. 


    ENROLLMENT FORMS (For Parents to Complete)
Please complete the ViaCord's enrollment forms. Click on your preferred language:  ENGLISH     SPANISH    CHINESE


Eligible Diagnoses for ViaCord's Sibling Connection Program

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Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
Burkitt's lymphoma Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML)
Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML)
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
Hodgkin's lymphoma
Lymphomatoid granulomatosis
Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)
Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML)


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Amegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia
Autoimmune neutropenia (severe)
Congenital dyserythropoietic anemia
Cyclic neutropenia
Diamond-Blackfan anemia
Evan's syndrome
Fanconi anemia
Glanzmann's disease
Juvenile dermatomyositis
Kostmann's syndrome
Red cell aplasia
Schwachman syndrome
Severe aplastic anemia
Congenital sideroblastic anemia
Thrombocytopenia with absent radius (TAR syndrome)
Dyskeratosis congenita


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Sickle-cell anemia (hemoglobin SS)
Sickle βo Thalassemia α-thalassemia major (hydrops fetalis)
β-thalassemia major (Cooley's anemia)
β-thalassemia intermedia
E-βo thalassemia
E-β+ thalassemia


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Osteopetrosis
Langerhans cell histiocytosis
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis