Kids & Teens

Cancer affects a family in many ways. Every family member’s experience is unique and different, often making it hard to know how to provide support to one another. Feelings of anger, sadness, helplessness, and fear make life unpredictable for everyone, but especially for children. Many parents try to protect their children by not sharing information about the situation. But even if they are not told specifics, children of all ages can feel the impact of an illness. If you need help speaking to your child(ren) about cancer, we offer a great resource to help guide you through those conversations and navigate the feelings that may arise. Click here to download the PDF, Frankly Speaking About Cancer, What Do I Tell the Kids.

We have two programs, Kids Community and Teens Connect, designed especially for children to help them navigate their feelings and the change around them, Kids Community and Teens Connect. For more information, please contact Ami Suthar, Kids and Teens Coordinator at Ami@CSCSouthBay.org.

Kids Community
Kid’s Community© is a support program for children who have a family member with cancer. The purpose of this group is to offer children ages 5-12 an opportunity to make friends and learn new skills for living with the stresses of cancer, or when there is cancer in the family. Kids Community is currently hosted on Zoom.


Kids Community Bi-Monthly Support Group- Snack & Support (ages 5-12)
1st & 3rd Thursday of each month from 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Kid’s Community© is a free support program for children ages 5 – 12 who have a family member or other loved one with cancer. The purpose of this group is to offer children an opportunity to make friends and acquire new skills for living with the stresses when there is cancer in the family. In a small, supportive group setting, children will talk, learn, and grow together with other children living with cancer. Preregistration Required.

Kids Grief Group (ages 5-12)
2nd & 4th Thursday of each month from 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Kids Grief and Transition Group is for children ages 5-12 who are grieving the loss of a parent, grandparent, sibling, or other loved one to cancer. In a small, supportive group setting, children will be assisted in understanding death and loss and be guided through the grieving process. The goal of the group is to normalize the healing process. Activities such as art and play will be utilized. Preregistration Required.

We also host monthly kid activities. Please visit our calendar to see the current schedule.

Teens Connect
Teens Connect is a free support program for children 13-17 years of age who have a family member with cancer. Here, they can explore their feelings of fear, guilt, confusion, anger, neglect and embarrassment without judgment, helping them to feel less isolated. Teens Connect is currently hosted on Zoom.


Teens Chat & Chill (ages 13-17)

1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Teens will learn coping skills to help them deal with changing events in their lives that will help them into adulthood.  This group will also provide cancer education and stress reduction techniques. Preregistration required.

Teens Grief
2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This transitional support group is for teens who are grieving the loss of a parent, grandparent, sibling or any other family member with cancer. In a small, supportive group setting, teens 13-17 years old will be supported through understanding death and loss and be guided through the grieving process. Preregistration required.

We also host monthly teen activities. Please visit our calendar to see the current schedule.