Many children and adolescents feel alone, confused, angry, sad, or frightened when cancer strikes the family. Whether it is their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a loved one, cancer impacts their lives in a significant way. The stress of a cancer diagnosis or the death of a loved one from cancer not only touches a child’s emotions, but it can also affect school performance and relationships.
The children’s services of Cancer Family Care offer support and guidance to families coping with these challenging and difficult times. Services are available to children between the ages of 5 to 18 years who are coping with either their own cancer, the diagnosis of a loved one, or the death of a loved one from cancer. Master’s-level counselors or social workers provide all of our children’s services.
Services and Programs for Children
Individual Counseling: One-on-one therapeutic counseling is offered in one of our offices, the child’s school, or in your home.
Group Counseling: Therapeutic counseling is available in some local schools for students who are coping with a current loved one’s cancer-related illness or death.
Family Counseling: Private meetings for your family can be scheduled with one of our social workers at school, home, or in our offices.
Educational Programs: Programs about cancer and grief and its impact on children and adolescents are available for schools, churches, and community groups. Audiences include children, teens, and adults.
Walking the Dinosaur: Provided in collaboration with Cancer Support Community, this is a support group for children and their families coping with a parent’s current cancer diagnosis. The program is held quarterly. Please call 513-731-3346 for more information about registration.
Camp Courage (Youth Day Camp): A one-day camp experience is available for any child age 5 to 18 who has been touched by cancer. To learn more about registration and volunteer opportunities, please call 513-731-3346 or click here.
To request any of these materials, click here to contact Cancer Family Care.
- “What About Me?”: A unique booklet written just for teens facing a parent’s cancer diagnosis.
- “When Kids Ask”: Ten tips for parents coping with cancer in the family.
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“I really think it is wonderful that my counselor can come to my child’s school. It is a huge relief.”
“I felt helpless until I reached out for help in telling my children about their dad’s cancer. Our counselor helped the kids deal with what was happening.”