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A Place to Learn and Build Connections


A childhood illness affects the whole family. Many parents find themselves overwhelmed and uncertain about how to navigate treatment and the changes it will bring. They may worry about how to best care for their child while still maintaining routines at home and caring for their other children, too.

Parents Together helps parents of children treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center cope with treatment by providing resources and guidance in areas such as:

  • Managing treatment side effects
  • Helping your child take their medications
  • Improving family communication
  • Supporting siblings
  • Accessing support for your child's education

It's common to feel isolated or lost during this challenging time. Our social workers and psychologists in Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology are here to help you manage many of these feelings and develop strategies for your whole family to get through treatment.

Our Mission

The mission of Parents Together is to provide a space for parents to:

  • Create a toolbox of educational and supportive resources to help you manage the challenges your family faces after your child's diagnosis
  • Build connections with other parents who are experiencing similar struggles

Group Programming

Parents Together is excited to continue our partnership with Momcology® to bring "Connections: Pediatric Cancer Caregiver Support©" to families. This group series offers parents an opportunity to connect with others who can relate to the experience of having a child undergo treatment. A few examples of previous session titles are:

  • Controlling the Uncontrollable
  • Finding Calm in the Storm: Managing Stress and Anxiety
  • Solution Finding: Problem Solving Under Stress

Register for the Momcology series

Tip Sheets for Patients, Families, and Caregivers

Online Support and Education

Several online organizations offer opportunities for parents to support one another through groups, one-on-one peer matching, and chat features. Many of these organizations also offer additional opportunities for education about your child’s diagnosis, treatment, and emotional coping. While this is certainly not an exhaustive list, we encourage you to check out the opportunities for support and education through the following organizations:

Caregiver Corner at the Blum Pediatric Resource Room

Our Patient Activities Team hosts the Caregiver Corner in the Blum Pediatric Resource Room at the Jimmy Fund Clinic. This space includes a variety of materials for caregivers to utilize while in clinic or at home, such as crafts, books, journals, workbooks, adult coloring books, and much more.

Resource room staff have also developed a resource guide for pediatric caregivers. Materials focus on four main topic areas and include supports available both at Dana-Farber and from the community. The guide can be picked up at the Blum Pediatric Resource Room or you can download the packet.

For Caregivers of Young Adult Patients

DF/BCC Young Adult Program: The Young Adult Program (YAP) supports young adults (~ages 18 to early 40s) receiving care for a cancer or blood disorder diagnosis. YAP also provides supportive opportunities for caregivers of this population of patients including:

CancerCare: provides telephone, online and face-to-face counseling, and support groups, as well as educational programming and materials. CancerCare runs one 15-week support group specifically for caregivers of adult children. Get information and register.

Elephants & Tea: National non-profit media organization with the mission of connecting young adults and their caregivers via blogs, writing, virtual programming, and other forms of self-expression

Cactus Cancer Society: National non-profit organization that offers a variety of wellness/supportive programs and resources solely for young adults and their caregivers; programs include a creative writing workshop, book club, DIY crafts, and opportunities to connect with others virtually

Stupid Cancer: National non-profit organization that offers both resources and programming for everyone affected by adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer with a special section for caregivers

Additional Resources to Explore

A Parent's Guide to Surviving Childhood Cancer
Resources from the American Childhood Cancer Organization
Dana-Farber School Liaison Program
Dana-Farber Sibling Program

For Caregivers of Pediatric Patients

Parents Together has teamed up with Momcology® - a nonprofit support organization that provides national programs and services for primary caregivers of children diagnosed with cancer. Learn about this exciting partnership.

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Welcome to the Jimmy Fund Clinic

This is a guided video tour to help patients and families find their way to the Jimmy Fund Clinic. It includes a walk through the clinic, along with directions to Boston Children’s Hospital. Special thanks to our Patient Activities Team at the Jimmy Fund Clinic, who created this video to share a glimpse into the clinic and hospital environment.