My Sisters' Kids organization is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency that provides peer support groups for grieving children and their families since March 2015. We believe every grieving child, teen, young adult, and their families deserve support and guidance to grow and develop healthy reactions as they move through their grief and loss.
Research has shown that 5% of children will lose a parent before the age of 15. Studies have repeatedly shown that offering a safe, judgement free outlet for grief lowers the risk for depression, behavioral issues, anxiety, isolation, abuse, dropping out of school, and suicide.
Each child grieves in his/her own way and often does so in cycles. Our groups are open ended, meaning that children can participate for a long as they want and can return if they desire.
My Sisters' Kids serves Southern NJ. Our trained facilitators use the Dougy Center model, a peer support program for grieving children, which has proven successful in hundreds of locations worldwide.
We are going to begin our peer support group on September 9, 2021. We meet twice monthly. Meetings begin in a large group setting in which the evening topic is introduced. Individuals then move into age related groups for play, sharing, and grief related activities. Caregivers have their group where they share and learn about grieving.
How We Can Help
Through our various programs, we hope to prevent issues such as teen pregnancy, depression, anxiety, low self esteem, substance abuse, anger issues or possibly even suicide by providing early intervention and support in a safe loving environment.
Peer Support Group
Our groups meet the second and fourth Thursday of each month at the Cumberland County Community Church, 1800 E. Broad St., Millville, NJ. Meetings run from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Light refreshment provided.
Education & Training
We offer training and education to individuals at school districts, churches, and other organizations throughout South Jersey.
We offer community-based programs within our schools. We assist in building resilience, coping and empathy.
Grief camps for youth are offered which includes grief education and emotional support with traditional, fun camping activities.