Frequently Asked Questions
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 grieve differently. However, the Bereavement Needs Assessment is not administered until at least 2 months after the death. We recognize this and meet families when and where they are ready.
What is the membership process?
After submitting an application for each eligible child, you will be contacted to schedule a guardian phone interview. Children ages 8 and up will need to complete a Bereavement Needs Assessment with a staff member. The final step is to attend a Family Orientation to learn all about Kate’s Club.
What happens at a Family Orientation?
Family 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. For new members outside Atlanta who want to attend virtual programs, we hold separate virtual orientations for guardians and children a week a part.
What if a child or teen needs private therapy?
Kate’s Club does not provide individual therapy or counseling. We will be happy to provide referrals to vetted therapists in the community who specialize in grief and work with children and families.
What if my child is reluctant to come to Kate's Club?
New experiences can be scary for younger children. Below is a short video to introduce your child to Kate’s Club. This video may help your child become more familiar with Kate's Club and what we do.
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 and begin the membership process as soon as possible. We occasionally have a waiting list for specific programs.
Is there a Kate’s Club near me?
Kate’s Club programs are held in-person and virtually. In-person programs are held at our clubhouse in Atlanta, GA and at our program in Newnan, GA. There is also a virtual option once per month. All members regardless of location are welcome to attend virtual programs. To find in-person programs outside Atlanta, please visit www.childrengrieve.org.
We also provide school and community-based support through our outreach program, KC Connects.
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.
How do I volunteer at Kate's Club?
There are many different ways to get involved and volunteer with Kate's Club. Click here to view our opportunities.