Our mission at Kate’s Club is to empower children and teens facing life after the death of a parent or sibling.
Our vision is a world in which it is OK to grieve.
We believe in:
Fun: Recreation is important to every child and essential to the grieving process. Kate’s Club programs focus on helping children learn to play and have fun again.
Community: Kate’s Club provides children with an open and supportive network of peers and mentors who share a profound experience of loss. This community works together to rebuild a fundamental social foundation.
Safety: Kate’s Club is a healing community where kids are always safe to share their memories and stories of loss. Children are welcome to engage how and when is comfortable for them, and never pushed to share before they are ready.
Long-Term Support: Children who lose a parent or sibling are at greater risk for emotional and behavioral struggles for years after the loss occurs. Kate’s Club welcomes children at any point in their grief journey, and invites them to stay as long as they like.
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Who is eligible to participate in Kate’s Club?
Kate’s Club is open to all children and teens, age 5-18, living in the Metro-Atlanta area and surrounding counties who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver at some point in their lifetime.
How much does it cost?
We do not charge a fee for the support services, activities, outings and Camp offered by Kate’s Club. All programs at Kate’s Club are 100% free of charge to our participants and their families. Kate’s Club is funded by a wide variety of generous community donors.
How long after the death does the family need to wait before calling?
A family can call and start the process for participation as soon as they are ready. Every family and every individual grieves differently. We recognize this and meet families when and where they are ready.
What if a child or teen needs private therapy?
Kate’s Club does not provide therapy or private counseling. We have a list of resources for clinically based community programs which specialize in the experience of grief and work with children and teens.
What happens at the New Member Welcome and Orientation?
The Welcome and Orientation is a group orientation for families joining Kate’s Club. This is a time for you and your family to learn more about programs offered and get comfortable with Kate’s Club before attending one of our programs. You will be joined by other new Kate’s Club families who will also be going through the orientation. It is also an opportunity for us to get to know you and your child better.
How long is a family expected to participate in Kate’s Club?
We believe in the uniqueness of the intensity and duration of grief for each individual and family. Children/teens choose when to start and when to stop attending. We serve children ages 5-18.
Is there a long waiting list?
No. We accept applications on an ongoing basis. Once your child has participated in the Welcome and Orientation Session, they are considered a member and may sign up for programs as they are announced. We do occasionally have a waiting list for specific programs.
Is there a Kate’s Club near me?
Kate’s Club is located only in Atlanta, GA. However, other grief support organizations exist around the country. Please see our Learn page for a resource listing. You may also contact our Program Manager, Debra Brook, firstname.lastname@example.org, for additional assistance finding appropriate resources.
How is Kate’s Club funded?
Kate’s Club operates entirely on donations from generous individuals, foundations and corporations. We appreciate every gift as it allows us to continue providing a fun, positive, uplifting environment to help grieving children succeed in living healthy lives. Click here to learn how you can help.