The Journey Back

Helping Kids Go Back to School After a Burn Injury

Going back to school and being with peers is a very important step in a young burn survivor's recovery. It can be one of the most stressful transitions in the aftermath of a burn injury or traumatic loss. Everyday interaction with classmates, participation in extracurricular activities, and plans for their future may also pose new challenges… and your child may be unsure of how to ask questions or where to turn for help.

Child (burn survivor) stands outside classroom

The Journey Back is a program for parents, teachers, or any caring adult who is assisting a child with a positive return to school after a burn injury or traumatic loss. With templates, worksheets, videos and other resources, The Journey Back addresses the academic, physical, social and emotional aspects of the recovery process. It is designed for any caring adult who wants to help ensure the smoothest return possible for a child in their life.


View the Online Tutorial Overview

Learn more about the program and hear from survivors, family members, educators, and firefighters about the process of going back to school after a burn injury through our online tutorial overview. Once you’ve viewed the tutorial, please complete a short survey.

View Online Tutorial Overview

Access The Journey Back e-book

Upon viewing the tutorial, access the full educational guide for The Journey Back, which is available as an online e-book. It includes a comprehensive library and resources for planning re-entry to school.

Access the e-book


For more information about the materials included in The Journey Back, contact us or call 1-800-888-2876.

This program was developed through the collaborative efforts of the following organizations:

  • The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance
  • Motorola Solutions
  • National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
  • South Carolina State Firefighter's Association
  • Firefighter's Burn Institute
  • Firefighter's Quest for Burn Survivors
  • Children's Burn Foundation
  • The Blodgett Foundation
  • Urban Legends Film Co

Thank you to the many professionals, survivors, and family members who have assisted with this project!

Sponsor Organizations