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Whether you are facing a long-or short-term challenge, you don't have to do it alone. The support groups found at Cook Children's offer comfort, understanding, strength and coping skills to help both the patient and family members manage the challenges of care and the stress of the child's diagnosis, condition, and treatment. Inside the safety of these support groups, members often find laughter, healing and, when needed, a shoulder to lean on.
AYAs often feel out of place in a pediatric or adult clinic. Our vision is to provide a medical home just for them in the culture we provide. Groups meet monthly and events include education programs and opportunities to learn more about available resources. Additionally social activities are available so AYAs can network with each other, like family picnics, a Christmas party and sporting events. Click here to learn more.
This group meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m.
For more information contact Brenda Sonnier, email@example.com, or our Parents as Partners team, firstname.lastname@example.org or 682-885-1176.
Support and events for patients and family members. Please contact 682-885-7960 for additional information on our events and support group programs. You can also learn more here
Each meeting begins with a specific topic presented by a professional with experience in caring for children with seizures. Following the speaker's presentation, there is time for open discussion so families can share their stories. Child care is provided for siblings and children under the age of six. There is no cost to participate. Dinner is provided at no charge.
Depending on the age of participants in attendance we offer support groups for school-age children and teens. These are led by a Certified Child Life Specialist. The groups are held at the same time as the parent group. These child and adolescent support groups will help patients cope more effectively with their diagnosis and encourage socialization with peers who have a similar diagnosis.
Please note: all groups are dependent on having enough volunteers to ensure the safety of all the children. If you have a teen with additional support needs, please contact Kat Davitt at 682-885-5872 or email@example.com to discuss additional opportunities.
Second Thursday, every other month, 6-7 p.m.; dinner served at 5:30 p.m.
For more information, contact, Julie Schmidt, patient liaison, at 682-885-7887, or Amy Davis, RN at 682-885-7259. You can also learn about the many ways we support our epilepsy patients and their families by clicking here.
Designed to offer support to all patients and families of patients with any gastrointestinal diagnosis except for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis (because there's a separate group for that).
Group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in Family Support Meeting Room A.
For more information, please contact Heather Finto or our Parents as Partners team, firstname.lastname@example.org or 682-885-1176.
Designed for parents to find support and coping skills when dealing with a child's blood or cancer disorder.
This group meets every Thursday at 11:00 a.m.
For more information, please contact Mandy Ebner at 682-885-3587.
Groups meet monthly and our events include education programs, opportunities to learn more about resources available for survivors and to network with other survivors through social activities like family picnics, parties and sporting events. Call Lisa Bashore at 682-885-2125 or Maria Gardner at 817-939-1668 for more information on the Life After Cancer program. You can also learn more about Cook Children's Life After Cancer program here.
Group provides families and patients with information on emotional & behavioral issues: ADD/ ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or OCD.
You can learn more about Links of Hope and find additional resources here.
Links of Hope,
a parent resource and support group
Cook Children’s Medical Center
in Pavilion Classroom 6.
Meetings are on the 4th Tuesday of the month; no meeting in December.
For more information, please contact Katie Ottone at 682-885-3121, or our Parents as Partners team, email@example.com or 682-885-1176.
Dinner will be provided if you RSVP. Child care is not currently available.
The group offers support and information for patients, parents and siblings with any type of hearing loss.
For more information, contact Kristi Reed, firstname.lastname@example.org or 682-303-1252, or our Parents as Partners team, email@example.com or 682-885-1176.
Information on neuroblastoma and other childhood cancers, as well as support for patients and families.
Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Kelly Rand, firstname.lastname@example.org, or our Parents as Partners team, email@example.com or 682-885-1176.
Support for parents of children with congenital heart defects. This parent-led group provides a way for parents to talk one-on-one with each other, sharing their experiences, concerns and questions.
Mended Little Hearts meeting
Pavilion Classroom 6 (Cook Children's Medical Center, below Starbucks)
Group meets the second Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Kathy Grieser at 682-885-2764 or our Parents as Partners team, firstname.lastname@example.org or 682-885-1176.
Please contact the Nephrology Department at 682-885-4260 for additional information on future events. You can also learn more by clicking here.
Designed for patients (ages 0-18), their parents or caregivers, as well as siblings of all ages to attend. Dinner is provided.
The group meets three times a year (February, August, and December) on Thursday evenings from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Meetings are free and include dinner.
For additional details, meeting dates, or to learn more, visit our web page or contact Julie Schmidt, patient liaison, at 682-885-7887.
Evenings with Neuro-oncology provides networking opportunities for families as well as education about brain tumors and treatments. Meetings include dinner and activities for patients and their siblings.
For more information call Stacy Bourden 682-885-7379. You'll also find additional information here.
Support for parents whose infants are in the Cook Children's neonatal intensive care unit. Group meets every other Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Brittany Collins or Montse Lightfoot at 682-885-3681.
Support for parents whose children have been diagnosed with Noonan syndrome, a genetic disorder.
For more information, please contact Barbi Beard-Wolfe at 682-885-6181 or our Parents as Partners team, email@example.com or 682-885-1176.
This group offers support and events for patients and family members. Please contact Amy Collins at 682-885-2764 for additional information on our events and support group programs. You can also learn more here.
An opportunity to visit with staff from Cook Children's Neurosciences Department. Kids, teens, and parents can meet others living with Tourette syndrome and can share resources with other families.
Group meets three times a year in June, October and in December for a holiday party. For more information, please contact Kat Davitt at 682-885-5872.
Support for parents whose children are in the Cook Children's NICU, PICU, or inpatient units with a tracheostomy. Group meets on the 4th Monday of every month. For more information, please contact Renee Lavelle, Jennifer Thomas, Lindsay Sikes or our Parents as Partners team, firstname.lastname@example.org or 682-885-1176.
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