When a parent passes away from cancer, it can have devastating emotional effects on the children. Karen’s Kids is our very own bereavement program for kids who have lost mom or dad to cancer. This special five-week program takes a child through the steps of grieving and teaches them how to cope with their tremendous loss. With your generous contribution, you can help a child during this very difficult time of loss.
This is a great time to meet face to face to discuss your particular issues. Groups are headed by our Youth Leaders and co-facilitated by licensed professionals. They team together in groups to help kids share their feelings and gain strength from one another. Group meetings are also a time to learn the facts of cancer. We have professional, medical people attend on occasion to answer serious questions like, “What is Cancer? What is Chemo? Is cancer contagious?” Serious topics…serious answers. We meet in three age groups: 3-7 years old, 7-12 years old and teens.
Youth Leadership Training
Each year we have a 3 day Youth Leadership Training hosted in Southern California. Here, the Youth Leaders learn basic therapeutic skills like “active listening”, answer cancer related questions, and develop supportive relationships with children in need. The training is also a time for the teens to look into their own experience with their parent’s cancer and how it has shaped them into the person they are today.
Teen camp is for those between 13 and 18 and provides a fun atmosphere and an opportunity to share and connect with other peers and adults who understand what they are dealing with. To learn more about upcoming camps, click here.
Junior camp is for children from 7-12 years old and provides a fun atmosphere and an opportunity to share and connect with other peers and adults who understand what they are dealing with. To learn more about upcoming camps, click here.
Our Hope the Bear Care Packages are individually tailored to each family based on the information we receive. Every package includes a “Hope” teddy bear for each child in the family, books, workbooks, brochures, and additional information to help the family better cope with cancer. Our volunteers make security blankets for those under 4, and special bereavement packages for children and teens that have a parent with cancer or who have lost a parent to cancer. Donate a package to a child of our choosing, or order a package for a child you know who is coping with cancer.
Summer Fun Classes
Open to all youth and their families who are affected by a parent’s cancer. Summer Fun Classes are an opportunity for families to learn something new, meet other families dealing with cancer, and have fun. Whether you’ve attended our support groups before or you’re interested in learning more about Kids Konnected, we hope you’ll join us.