Children, Teen & Family

Support for children and teens when an adult family member has cancer

The Gathering Place provides a number of programs and services to support children and teens when a significant adult in their life has a cancer diagnosis. The programs are comprehensive, meeting the needs of children from infancy through adolescence.Through group and individual interventions, children and teens learn to utilize their own personal strengths and abilities. Cancer can cause even the most organized family to struggle. Our Children and Teens Program provides a safety net of stability and opportunity for growth and learning.

We also provide services to families when a child or teen has a cancer diagnosis. Those services include individual support to help children and teens learn how to manage friends, family and medical 'stuff' as well as services to help siblings make sense of what is going on. We provide support to parents and guardians during and after a child or teen's cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Please note registration is required for all of the following programs. To attend one of the following Children, Teen & Family programs in Beachwood please CLICK HERE to email Casey Durkin, in your email please indicate that you are interested in attending a class. To attend one of the following Children, Teen & Family programs in Westlake please CLICK HERE to email Erin Rafter, in your email please indicate that you are interested in attending a class.

KidShop/TeenShop

Workshop for children and teens who have an adult family member with cancer. 

          Themes for Upcoming Programs: 

           March............Managing Cabin Fever

           April..............Releasing Winter and Embracing Spring: Learning to Let Go

           May...............Planting Intentions and Letting Them Grow

           June..............Sunlight and Shade: Embracing all that is You

TGP East: Mondays, March 11& 25, April 3 & 17, May 1 & 15, June 5 & 19, 6:30-7:30pm

TGP West: Wednesdays, March 6 & 20, April 8 & 22, May 13, June 10 & 24, 6:30-7:30pm


Bridges Grief Group for Families

For parents, children and teens when there has been a death of an adult loved one from cancer. CLICK HERE to email Bev Soggs, in your email please indicate that you are interested in attending a group.

TGP East: Mondays, March 18, April 1 & 15, May 6 & 20, June 3 & 17, 6:30-7:30pm

TGP West: Wednesdays, March 13 & 27, April 10 & 24, May 8 & 22, June 12 & 26, 6:30-7:30pm


When  Child or Teen Has Cancer

Support for a child or teen with cancer, their siblings and parents. Contact Casey Durkin, 216.455.1523 or at durkin@touchedbycancer.org.

What to say to Kids about Cancer

Learn what children understand about cancer at different ages and how to talk to and support them when cancer touches the family. 

            April...............Defrost: Dealing with Changes

            May................Growing in Spite of Cancer: Container Gardens for Home

            June...............Join the TGP Pediatric/ Teen Cancer Team for Race for the Place

TGP East: Saturdays, April 13, May 11, June 2, 10:30-12:00pm | CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


A Few Friendly Reminders

Our children and teen specialists are available to meet with parents or other family members to discuss concerns about issues with children and teens. Staff are also available to provide one-to-one support for children and teens.

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