Helping Families at TGP

Our programs help children, teens and families cope with the impact of cancer in their lives.

At The Gathering Place, our Children, Teen and Family programs are here to support children and teens living with cancer, who have cancer in the family and who experienced a death of an adult loved one from cancer. Our free programs and services help children, teens and families cope with the emotional, social, spiritual and physical impact of cancer.

At The Gathering Place we recognize that when a parent, grandparent or other significant adult in a child or teen's life is diagnosed with cancer it can profoundly impact the family's coping. Our staff, specially trained to work with children, teens and families, are here to provide support through this challenging time. Our programs help children, teens and families enhance current coping skills and build new ones, strengthen communication and build resilience.

Connections: Support for Families Affected by Childhood Cancer

No parent is ever prepared to hear that their child is battling a life-threatening illness. The Gathering Place offers education, emotional support and activities for the whole family.

Someone I Love Is Sick

Someone I Love is Sick: Helping Very Young Children Cope with Cancer in the Family is a customizable book to use when talking with children ages 2-6 years old when a parent or grandparent has cancer.

Individual Consultation

Child, teen and family specialists are available to ease your fear and uncertainty by helping you and your family members understand your child or teen's cancer diagnosis in a space where you feel comfortable.


Support for families with a parent/caregiver with cancer

January is Children Impacted By A Parent's Cancer Month. Click here for more information.

Children, Teen & Family

Drop-in virtual support group for parents/caregivers with cancer and their care-partners. Over the lunch hour, meet with other parents/caregivers who understand what it's like to parent through cancer. Meets virtually on the first Tuesday of the month. Facilitator: Taylor Buss, MSW, LISW-S

Children, Teen & Family

Supportive and psychoeducational group for children ages 4-12. Over the course of 5-weeks, participants will use The Little Spot by Diane Alber to learn how to identify, manage, and cope with big emotions relating to their loved one's cancer. Age appropriate activities and supportive discussions will assist participants with the development of new coping skills among peers with shared experiences. Facilitators: Taylor Buss, MSW, LISW-S, Adelle Gates, MA, CCLS, & Whitney Hadley, MA, MSW, LSW, OSW-C

Children, Teen & Family

Group for parents/caregivers of children enrolled in The Kid Spot. Review this month's curriculum and how to reinforce skills at home. Meets the second Wednesday of each month. Facilitator: Taylor Buss, MSW, LISW-S


Connections: Support for Families Affected by Childhood Cancer

Children, Teen & Family

This interactive and creative group is designed to connect and support the entire family (caregivers, children, and siblings) in coping with the impact of childhood cancer. Families can also connect with each other to know they are not alone in this experience. Meets the second Saturday of every month, 10:00-11:00am. Facilitator: Adelle Gates, MA, CCLS

Children, Teen & Family

Support group for parents/caregivers of a child or teen with cancer currently in or post-treatment. This group will provide a safe space to discuss the difficulties of having a child/teen dealing with cancer and its impacts, and to receive support from a community of others facing similar experiences. Meets the third Tuesday of each month, 6:30-7:30pm. Facilitator: Adelle Gates, MA, CCLS


Family grief support

Children, Teen & Family

Just as a group of butterflies is called a Kaleidoscope, this monthly workshop is for young families to reflect, build community, and learn skills to process grief together. Meets the second Saturday of each month. Facilitator: Taylor Buss, MSW, LISW-S

Children, Teen & Family

New grief group for parents/partners with school age children who have had a spouse/partner die from cancer. This virtual group is a supportive space for parents/caregivers to process their grief. Meets the fourth Wednesday of each month. Facilitator: Taylor Buss, MSW, LISW-S


Upcoming Programs:

Children, Teen & Family

Come together with other teens (13-17) who get the challenges of dealing with cancer (as patients, cancer in a loved one, or grieving the loss of a loved one to cancer.) Donuts will be provided. Facilitator: Whitney Hadley, MA, MSW, LSW, OSW-C

Children, Teen & Family

This is part of the Wellness Passport Program.

Educational sessions for participants with children and teens in their lives. Topics surround the unique challenges participants face when navigating cancer and family.

Creating Connection Through Hard Days- Bonding and connecting with your child is crucial for their emotional well-being. When you are living with cancer, it can be difficult to find ways to connect and bond on the days you aren't feeling well. Join our Child Life Specialist, Adelle Gates, to hear how you can create moments of connection, even when feeling unwell. Facilitator: Adelle Gates, MA, CCLS

Children, Teen & Family

This is part of the Wellness Passport Program.

Educational sessions for participants with children and teens in their lives. Topics surround the unique challenges participants face when navigating cancer and family.

Cumulative Loss and Impact on Family Coping: We experience grief throughout our lives as the result of losing something (emotional or physical). These losses throughout our lives impact how we cope with grief and loss today. For this Tuesday Talk, you will learn about the different types of losses, how they impact each new loss, and steps you can take to ensure healthy coping among the family. Facilitator: Adelle Gates, MA, CCLS | 216-455-1523

Children, Teen & Family

The year is stretched out by one more day, so let's stretch our bodies! This program will incorporate child-friendly yoga that the whole family can do in the comfort of their own home. Presenter: Jen Nebraska, RYT 200

Children, Teen & Family

This Family Fun Day is all about expression through art. Studio Go from the Cleveland Museum of Art will lead the activity. For young families impacted by cancer to have fun and socialize.


Please refrain from wearing perfumes and scented lotions while a The Gathering Place. Many people undergoing treatment are sensitive to smells and find it makes them feel ill. Thank you.

What People Are Saying

"TGP started off as a support system, but over the course of our journey it became much more. The staff did an amazing job of helping me through my chaos, but even more importantly was what they provided my children - normalcy and support. We found community and support. I don't know how may family and I could have made our journey without The Gathering Place." - Participant

Programs at The Gathering Place combine art, discussion, play and fun. Connect with us today by reaching out to Taylor Buss, MSW, LISW-S at 216-455-1527 or buss@touchedbycancer.org.