Kid Support is a nonprofit, charitable organization formed in 2000 to help children and teenagers cope when a parent or other family member is being treated for, or living with, cancer. We are committed to making Kid Support programming available to all families, regardless of their geographic location or economic status. There is no charge for Kid Support groups.
Kid Support’s twelve-week program for children ages six to thirteen is one of the few programs of its kind. While many communities offer bereavement programs for children, very few offer programming for children living with cancer in the family. The Kid Support program is unique in that Kid Support’s volunteer facilitators complete a high-quality training course and are provided with detailed, written instructions for conducting program activities.
Kid Support programs seek to:
- Reduce the stress of parental cancer by providing support and teaching coping skills
- Strengthen the bond between parents and children by promoting family communication about cancer
Kid Support seeks to establish its programming on a “grass roots” basis. Programs can be established in:
- Cancer support centers
- Community centers, or wherever children gather
Ultimately, Kid Support aims to expand its geographical reach to become a national support organization and resource for families coast to coast.