We help youth cope with illness and death.
CareCenter for Kids offers support for children, teens and their families as they deal with serious illness or the death of a loved one. The costs of these services are covered by donations; there are no fees for any of the services provided through our CareCenter for Kids program.
Families with Children: Grief Support for Children and Teens
When young people face the challenges of a life-threatening illness or the death of a family member, their needs and reactions often differ from those of adults. At the same time, adult family members or caregivers may feel overwhelmed by or uncertain about the needs of the children during this time. Families with Children offers support groups for children and teens who are living with someone who has a terminal illness or grieving the loss of a close family member or friend. This program also provides individual and family counseling.
Children and teens often benefit from the chance to share the personal challenges of grief with their peers in the context of camp experiences. Our annual grief support summer programs, CampCare, help campers cope with the loss of a loved one while they enjoy art, theater, music and sports activities and fun with friends. CampCare programs include both day camp and overnight camping opportunities, depending on age level.
For children and teens entering grades 4–9
Holiday Home Camp
Williams Bay, WI
Overnight camp provides a unique opportunity to share the experience of losing a loved one. Team-building exercises and outdoor activities are designed to help campers cope with their grief.
For teens entering grades 10–12
A natural setting can be ideal for reflection, discussion, support and fun! On this four-day canoe adventure, teenagers can make connections and help each other cope with the death of a loved one.
Call (847) 556-1999 to find out if CampCare is right for your child or to start the registration process.
Pediatric Support Services
When your child is seriously ill, you may be concerned about improving his or her quality of life, finding help as you face difficult decisions, and helping siblings and friends understand what is happening. CareCenter for Kids offers non-medical supportive services to help.
- We can help you and your child understand his or her illness and your options for care and treatment.
- We can help you determine your family’s—and your child’s—goals for care.
- We can help you and your child cope through emotional counseling, spiritual support and music as well as other expressive therapies.
- We can connect you with other resources in the community.
- We can help you integrate your child’s medical care with supportive services.