FAMILY COUNSELING AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

“When my daughter was diagnosed with cancer, none of my friends knew what to say. Then I met with the other parents at Jacob’s Heart, and they all understand what I’m going through. We laugh, we cry, and we heal together.”

The moment a parent hears the words, “Your child has cancer,” life is forever altered. Grief for the loss of a healthy child begins at the time of diagnosis. Fear, concern for other family members, and daily management of life’s challenges continue throughout the course of treatment, which can last for several years. Jacob’s Heart works with each family and each family member of children with cancer and certain other life-threatening conditions to assess and address specific needs through the individual and family emotional support services:

  • Bilingual family and individual counseling
  • Support groups for families in treatment and bereaved
  • Art therapy and sand tray therapy in the home, hospital or group setting
  • Hospital and home visits to offer support and comfort
  • Life-skills training for adolescents

These services are provided by Family Support Specialists, volunteers and licensed family therapists.

Jacob’s Heart serves families in Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and South Santa Clara Counties. Referrals for Jacob’s Heart support services are made through staff at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and the University of California at San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital.

Please contact Liz Garcia: liz@jacobsheart.org or call 831-724-9100 for more information.

Please click on the image below to learn about what Jacob’s Heart has accomplished this year.

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