Support for Children, Caregivers, and Parents

Center for Cancer Counseling (Orange County, Ca)

Counseling and support services to children, teens, and family.

American Cancer Society

Find a series of guides to help children understand and deal with a cancer diagnosis in a parent.

Camp Kesem

Summer camp for children ages 6-18 who have lost a parent to cancer, have a parent undergoing cancer treatment, or whose parent is a cancer survivor. 100% free of charge. Please visit their website for current camp dates and online application.

Cancer Support Community

Find information on helping children understand and deal with a cancer diagnosis in a parent, including a guide with age-specific tips on talking with children about cancer.

The Feather Foundation

Hope for Parents with Cancer

Provides resources for parents who have cancer (i.e. conversation resources, retreats for adults, financial assistance)

 Cancer Care

CancerCare is the leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. CancerCare for kids provides free, professional support services for parents, children and adolescent affected by cancer, as well as information about helping children understand cancer and additional resources. (CancerCare for Kids)

 National Cancer Institute

Central website for the National Cancer Institute, offers free, credible, and comprehensive information about cancer.


Books for Children with A Loved One with Cancer

Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings
by Ellen McVicker
(Available in Spanish)

The Paper Chain
by Blake, Blanchard & Parkinson

In Mommy’s Garden
by Neyal J. Ammary

Kemo Shark
by Kidscope, Inc.

Life Isn’t Always a Day at the Beach
by Pam Ganz and Tobi Scofield

When Someone Has a Very Serious Illness: Children Can Learn to Cope with Loss and Change
by Marge Heegaard

My Daddy Sits Upon a Star
by Claire Grainger-Valvano, LCSW


Books for Parents/Caregivers

How to Help Children Through a Parent’s Serious Illness
by Kathleen McCue

Can I Still Kiss You? Answering Your Children’s Questions about Cancer
by Neil Russell

Cancer In the Family: Helping Children Cope with a Parent’s Illness
by Sue P. Heiney, Joan F. Hermann and Katherine V. Fincannon

Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child: When a Parent is Sick
by Paula K. Rauch

When a Parent Has Cancer: A Guide to Caring for Your Children
by Dr. Wendy Schessel Harpham