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Tender Living Care

Tender Living Care (TLC) Program

“TLC has been a blessing for our family. Having cancer with two young children meant that I needed support as a parent and patient along with support for the rest of my family. The Center met that need.”

Helping families cope with serious illness

From the point of diagnosis the Tender Living Care (TLC) Program is able to help children, teens, and adults cope with the changes and losses that come along with serious illness.   TLC is there to support hope and give assistance to caregivers in finding sensitive ways of communicating with and guiding children during difficult times.

We offer weekly peer support groups for children and teens ages 3-18 as well as for the adult with illness and the caregiver in the family.  Peer support groups are facilitated by trained volunteers who are supervised by a staff person and consultant.

Groups for Children and Families

Groups meet on Monday evenings in Portland, Maine. Groups for ages 3-6, 7-9, 10-13, 14-18, adults with illness, and caregivers meet at the same time so the whole family can attend together.  Group members find a safe place where common issues and feelings can be explored.  Volunteers incorporate art, music, talking, and play into their work with children.  New members are welcome to join at any time.  Groups are free of charge and available for as long as needed.

Young Adult Group

The Young Adult Group offers volunteer led peer support in a small group setting to  individuals' ages 19-30 who are experiencing the serious illness of a family member or friend.  New members are welcome to join at any time.  Groups are free of charge and available for as long as needed.

Community Support and Education

Center staff is available to answer questions and concerns about supporting children dealing with a family member's serious illness over the phone.  We offer resources information and referrals as needed.  We present to schools, community organizations, conferences, and in the workplace.

Helpful Information

If you or your family is interested in attending a peer support group please contact us for more information at (207)775-5216 or email us at

Dates and Times:

Groups meets in Portland, Maine on Monday evenings. Please email or call the Center to learn more about becoming a group member or to access support. 

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  • Supporting Teens Through Difficult Times

Contact Diana Stark (formerly McDermott), TLC Coordinator  at (207)775-5216 or email her at for more information.


Click here to download our TLC brochure.