Family Programming

Family Programming

Our family programming offers the following benefits:

• Communication strategies
• Age appropriate support for your children
• Help with family disruption
• Overall family functioning support

Children's Program - Puddle Jumpers

Puddle Jumpers, our new name, is a group-based supportivekids.jpg
care program lead by a certified Child Life Specialist for children aged 5 to 13. Children think about cancer for small amounts of time (like a puddle) and then jump back into playing. This is how kids process and the way that our program runs too. Each class has therapeutic lesson goals to help your child(ren) cope with a cancer diagnosis. We talk about really tough stuff and then engage in a fun age appropriate themed activity that help improve their understanding of cancer and addresses both their informational and emotional support needs.

Register online or call 519-742-4673 to RSVP your space.

Kitchener: Main Location
Saturdays 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Winter Session

Mar 25 | Problem Solving in Your World
Learning how to deal with life's problems is tough. Let's help each other think of ways to handle problems at home, school, or with friends through fun, games and activities.

Apr 8 | My People - Finding Support in Your World
Helping hands are just around the corner. Come join as we identify our helping people through expressive art.

Apr 22 | Celebrating Family - Puddle Jumpers End of Winter Party!
Bring your whole family to enjoy breakfast together and enjoy the end of winter classes!  We will play games and make crafts.


Individual Support

We offer an individual support program for patients and their family members or caregiver with our trained support volunteers. Short term counselling is available with our Cancer Care Coach for more advanced difficult issues needing personal attention from a social worker.

We also offer short term counselling for parents and their children with a certified Child Life Specialist for difficult issues experienced by children and teens.

Kitchener | Monday – Saturday
Support Volunteer | Drop in
Cancer Care Coach | Call for an available appointment
Child Life Specialist| Call for an available appointment

Parents of Children with Cancer

This group is facilitated by Directors of the Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with Cancer (OPACC). Come join Helen and Lisa to share experiences and concerns on how the diagnosis of your child has impacted your family. Parents meet every 2nd Tuesday of the month.

Register online or call 519-742-4673 to RSVP your space.

Kitchener: Thursday, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Apr 11

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