Family Support

Having a child who is diagnosed with cancer can feel devastating. However, there are a variety of resources available to help you and your family cope with the diagnosis, communicate with your child about his or her illness and navigate the treatment process.

One of the most important things you can do is begin educating yourself about your child’s condition so that you can have an open and informed discussion with his or her doctor about the prognosis and best available treatment options.

At St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, we offer a number of support groups and resources for both the patient and other family members, including:

  • Back to School Program
  • Certified Child Life Therapist
  • Dedicated Pediatric Dietician
  • Dedicated Hemophilia Case Manager
  • Education Resources within all disciplines
  • Family Education Resource Room
  • Music Therapy
  • Medical Play and distraction techniques
  • Pediatric Social Workers
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Services
  • Partners in Care program for pain management, counseling and respite care
  • Pastoral Care
  • Resources to community links and financial assistance
  • Pet Therapy
  • Pill Swallowing program
  • School Teacher in the hospital to assist with homebound or dual enrollment
  • Sibling Support with hospital-wide SibShops each year
  • Supportive Counseling throughout treatment

Your Child Life specialist or nurse can provide more information about these educational opportunities. 

More classes and events are available to St. Joseph's Children's Hospital patients and families.