Circle of Care

 

East Bay Agency for Children's Circle of Care is a unique program that supports children and their families coping with the death of a significant family member or life-threatening illness. This program helps children and their families process their loss, provide a safe place that helps to normalize grief and learn to cope with their experience through these specialized services:

 

Contact Us

CircleofCare@EBAC.org
510-531-7551 x3195 (Hablamos Espaňol)

 

We will work with your family during an initial intake interview to determine which services we offer will best support you and your family's needs. 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 the inability to pay.

 

Circle of Care offers these services in Spanish: consultation with caregivers and providers and Community Workshops and Trainings for both caregivers and community members.

 

 

 

Peer Support Groups

Our peer support groups enable children and adults to share their stories and to give and receive support from one another. We have several groups available to family members who are coping with either bereavement or illness. The entire family can attend a support group night together and break off into their respective group.

 

For Children

We offer peer support groups for children; Littles (ages 4-5), School Age (6-12) and Teens (13-18). Theme based art and play activities for managing stress and coping strategies are integrated into the kids groups supporting them in developing skills to process their feelings and challenges.

 

For Adults

We offer groups for parents and caregivers to meet with other adults and work through the same themes as the kids through talk and some expressive arts. Often the adults share their feelings as well as personal challenges and practical parenting strategies and create community and connection through these meetings.

 

Groups meet every other week and are facilitated by EBAC staff, interns and volunteers who are well-trained in supporting children with honoring and expressing their emotions.

 

Peer Support Group 2021 Schedule

Spring Semester February - June (10 weeks)

Thursday evenings

Location: Virtual

Language: English

 

Fall Semester September - January

Thursday evenings

Location: Virtual

Language: English

Contact CircleofCare@ebac.org or 510-531-7551 x3195 for additional information and to enroll. Hablamos Espaňol

 

Resilient Parenting for Bereaved Families Workshops

Resilient Parenting for Bereaved Families is a series of 10 workshops designed for those who are parenting children who have experienced the death of a parent. The program is designed to help you meet the needs of your parentally-bereaved child(ren) while also dealing with your own feelings of grief. The workshop curriculum is based on extensive clinical research showing positive measurable outcomes in families fifteen years after participation in the program, including reducing grief-related distress and mental health complications of both bereaved children and their parents. Workshops are held every other week. RPBF is currently offered in English only.

 

Resilient Parenting for Bereaved Families Flyer (PDF)

 

Resilient Parenting for Bereaved Families Resource Pages & Practical Tools

 

Resilient Parenting for Bereaved Families 2021 Schedule

Spring Semester February - June
10 sessions, meet every other week
Location: Virtual
Registration closed for this semester

 

Fall Semester September - January
10 sessions, meet every other week, pre-registration required
Location: Virtual

Contact CircleofCare@ebac.org or 510-531-7551 x3195 for additional information and to enroll. Hablamos Espaňol

 

Community Workshops & Trainings

Circle of Care provides workshops and training throughout the year in the community on a variety of topics. To see currently scheduled trainings please visit East Bay Agency for Children’s training calendar.

 

  • In the Fall of 2021 we will be working with the Grieving Schools Initiative and will be able to offer these trainings at your school site for teachers, staff & administration.
  • Speaking Grief - For anyone in the community (To be rolled out Fall 2021)

Customized Workshops for your school or community group are provided on a sliding scale and we suggest the following guidelines for fees:

1 Hour Workshop - $300.00

2 Hour Workshop - $500.00

 

Family Consultation

Families who would like support on a 1-2 time basis may arrange for a 90-minute grief support consultation. An intern or graduate student will provide information or and referrals to help parents or caretakers navigate family bereavement.

 

School and Community-Based Consultation

Circle of Care provides telephone consultation to schools and community groups where children are dealing with the death of a loved one. Arrangements can be made to provide time-limited, on-site intervention programs, support groups or workshops for families, students, or staff dealing with these crises.

 

Information and Referral

Circle of Care has a wealth of information, flyers and trusted websites & connections to other grief resources. If our services are not the appropriate fit for your family we will do all we can to connect you to as many resources that wee can. We also can help connect and make appropriate referrals as well as connect you with our EBAC Family Resource Specialists who can help support with basic needs.

 

Internship & Volunteer Opportunities

Circle of Care accepts BA, MSW & MFT Interns. Visit EBAC’s practicum program webpage for more information and how to apply.

 

Circle of Care has temporarily suspended training and onboarding new community volunteers for the program. If you would like to be alerted when volunteers are again needed, please contact us at CircleofCare@EBAC.org

 

Please Note: For the 2021 year we will not be offering the following services:
  • Individual Counseling Services - We no longer offer counseling services, will help to connect you with the appropriate resources and referrals as needed.
  • Living with Illness Support Groups - We are currently not offering this group but will be working with families who are impacted by terminal illness to provide resources and support and intake appropriately for them to join our Living with Loss groups as appropriate.

Resources – Click here for helpful grief resources

 

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