Kids Konnected and FCancer want to help you help your kids
after a parent or caregiver is diagnosed with cancer.
When a parent or caregiver is affected by cancer, kids need support and care to understand they are not alone. Although we strive to create community through in-person peer and psychosocial support, too often families in need are outside of our service area and unable to find local in-person support services.
For this reason, Kids Konnected in partnership with FCancer, has created at home toolkits for families coping with cancer or facing bereavement due to a lose from cancer. Discussing cancer affecting a parent or caregiver is scary for adults and children alike. Having tools and activities can help families open the lines of communication, break feelings of isolation and help children be heard. We’ve created these toolkits to help youth better understand and express their emotions, develop positive coping skills, and communicate about the cancer in their family. We recommend these activities be completed and/or shared with a parent, caregiver, or trusted adult.
Parents and caregivers should monitor warning signs in their child that might require meeting with a therapist or mental health professional including:
- Symptoms of chronic depression: sleeping difficulty, restlessness, low self-esteem
- Experiencing academic failure or indifference to school-related activities
- Deteriorating relationships with family and friends
- Risk-taking behaviors such as drug or alcohol abuse, fighting, sexual experimentation
- Considering suicidal thought or plans