East Bay Agency for Children's Circle of Care is a unique program that supports children and their families coping with a life threatening illness or the death of a loved one. This program helps children heal and learn to cope with this traumatic experience through specialized Peer Support Groups for the entire family, Crisis Support, Community Trainings and Information and Referral.
East Bay Agency for Children offers one of the nation’s few programs providing support services to children and their families where a parent, caregiver or family member has died or is living with a life threatening illness.
Called “Circle of Care”, the program offers simultaneous peer support groups for all family members, with parents/caregivers attending one group and toddlers, elementary school children and teenagers attending their own separate groups. Themed art and play activities are integrated into groups for younger children, while the adults often share practical strategies as well as their feelings. Groups are led by EBAC-trained volunteer facilitators, who contribute more than 3,000 hours of compassionate service every year.
For the 2018-2019 year we will not be offering individual counseling services but can help to make appropriate referrals as needed.
Circle of Care services are offered at modest cost, on a sliding scale based on financial means, although no one is turned away due to lack of funds.
Circle of Care’s Annual Walk to Remember offers all community members the chance to celebrate the life of someone who has died or to show support for a family you know who is dealing with a life-threatening illness. Money raised through your Walk to Remember fundraising efforts support Circle of Care services ensuring that no child will have to walk their grief journey ALONE. For more information, visit www.ebac.org/walk.
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