Children’s Programs

All of our programs are offered free of charge.

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Kids Care Packages

Description: Hearth Place has developed a tool called the Kid’s Care packages for children whose parents have been diagnosed with cancer.  Each package is a gift bag that includes an activity book for parents to work with their children and a parent’s guide filled with information about the age appropriate needs of the children, answers to common questions and a list of resources available in print, in video and on the internet.

Register:  To receive a Kids Care package for a child please call 905-579-4833 or email Janette[at]hearthplace.org

Kids Connection

Description:  A six week support group for children who are coping with the diagnosis of a loved one with cancer.  Activities focusing on coping strategies, breathing exercises and exploration of feelings are some of the topics covered during this six week group.  Two separate age groups run simultaneously ages 4-6 and ages 7-12.

Register:  Please call 905-579-4833 or email janette[at]hearthplace.org to register for this program.

Schedule: Please contact us to be registered for the next group

Facilitators:  Betty VanKoughnett and Kristyn Zaffino

Healing Kids Hearts

Description:   A six week support group for children who have recently lost a loved one to cancer.  Activity based grief exploration, coping strategies and memory keepsakes are the focus of this group.  Two separate age groups run simultaneously ages 4-6 and ages 7-12.

Register:  Please call 905-579-4833 or email Janette[at]hearthplace.org to register for this program.

Schedule: Please contact us to be registered for the next group.

Facilitators:  Betty VanKoughnett and Kristyn Zaffino

Individual Support

Description: Individual support can be arranged for children who need some extra short term support coping with the diagnosis or loss of a family member with cancer.  Play Therapy is a therapeutic process that provides opportunities for children to explore, identify and express emotions in a psychologically safe, secure and trusting environment.  Play Therapy is suitable for children ages 4 to 12.

Register: Please call 905-579-4833 or email janette[at]hearthplace.org

Schedule:  Individual sessions are arranged with our play therapist based on individual need.  Please contact Janette for more information about this service.

Child Life Specialist: Kristyn Zaffino

Teen Support

Description:  Individual support can be arranged for teens dealing with the diagnosis or loss of a loved one with cancer.

Register: Please call 905-579-4833 or email janette[at]hearthplace.org

Schedule:  Individual sessions are arranged with our Social worker or Child Life Specialist based on individual need.  Please contact Janette for more information about this service.

Facilitator:  Susan Viminitz (Social Worker)

Kristyn Zaffino (Child Life Specialist)

Camp_Quality_Puppet_Program

Description:  Camp Quality/Hearth Place Puppeteers offer free performances in Durham Region schools and community organizations.  Our four charming life size puppets deliver an important message incorporating the virtues of Courage, Compassion, Respect, Kindness and Helpfulness by discussing the challenges faced by puppets Sophie and Matthew who are both coping with a cancer diagnosis and the side-effects of their treatment. Two different plays are available:

“Good Friends” for Grades JK-3

“The CCR Club” for grades 4-6

Resource material and follow-up worksheets are provided.

Register: To inquire about having the Camp Quality Team visit your school or organization please call or email Sonja at 905-579-4833, sonja[at]hearthplace.org

Schedule:  Puppet shows are scheduled as needed. Please contact Sonja for more information.

Children’s Bereavement Packages

Description:  To comfort grieving children, we have bereavement packages available.  These packages include a stuffed grief bear and resources.  These kits are available upon request.

Register: To receive a Children’s Bereavement package please call 905-579-4833 or email Janette[at]hearthplace.org

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mon21oct6:15 pm- 7:45 pmKids Connection6:15 pm - 7:45 pm Hearth Place Cancer Support CentreEvent Organized By: Stephanie HamiltonPrograms:Children’s ProgramsEmotional Support