The Children & Parents Program
Parents experiencing a cancer diagnosis and treatment may have unique supportive care needs related to their children.Communication strategies, age-appropriate support, family disruption, are just a few of the concerns parents have regarding their children.
Children are also faced with unique challenges when a parent has cancer, and often feel isolated from their peers.
The Children’s and Parents’ Program* is a group-based 8-week supportive care program. Each week is themed, and the theme is addressed in a complementary fashion with the children, as well as their parents, in separate but concurrent sessions. Each weekly session begins with dinner – provided by local restaurants! In this way parents don’t have to think about dinner before coming to Wellspring – families simply arrive with their children and enjoy a meal with everyone before the evening programming.
*Please note this program is for families with children ages 6 -12.
The primary objectives of the Children’s and Parents’ Program are to:
- Provide children and parents with education and support regarding parental cancer
- Improve children’s understanding of cancer, and address their informational and emotional support needs
- Improve parents’ understanding of their children’s cancer support needs, and provide
specific communications and coping strategies to support their children at home
- Encourage a community support base for families to connect and share in their
- Help families identify their strengths and challenges going forward throughout the illness trajectory
After the very first session, children walk away from the program knowing other children who have a parent with cancer, feeling less alone and more supported.
The Parent sessions are facilitated by a Psychologist with expertise and experience in cancer care and the children’s groups are facilitated by Child Life Specialists.
Child Life Specialists are healthcare professionals with expertise in child development and children/youth/family’s responses to healthcare or stressful situations. We are psychosocial experts who help minimize sources of stress related to healthcare or similar experiences, and help children, adolescents, and families cope as effectively as possible.
Please let us know if you are interested in this program by contacting Dr. Marilyn Hundleby, Director of Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration or Appointment Required: This program requires a commitment to attend all sessions.
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