From the point of diagnosis the Tender Living Care (TLC) Program can provide social and emotional support for children and adults affected by serious illness. Participating in TLC can assist caregivers in finding sensitive ways to communicate with children about the challenges and loss that come with a diagnosis of serious illness.
We offer weekly peer support groups for children and teens, ages 3-18 years, as well as for the adult experiencing the illness and the caregiver in the family. Peer support groups are facilitated by trained volunteers who are supervised by clinical staff.
Groups For Children and Families
Groups meet weekly in Portland, Maine. Groups for ages 3-6, 7-9, 10-13, 14-18 years, 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. 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 counseling referrals as needed. We also present to schools, community organizations, workplaces, and conferences about the changes and loss that comes with families being impacted by serious illness.
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Tender Living Care Services?
Group Meeting Schedules
For more information about our peer support groups in Portland and Sanford, please get in touch with us using our contact information below.
- Monday Evening: Tender Living Care
- Tuesday Evening: Bereavement
- Tuesday Evening: Young Adult
- Wednesday Evening: Bereavement
- Wednesday Evening: Bereaved Parents
- Thursday Evening: Widow / Widower Partner
- Thursday Evening: Young Adults
Location: 555 Forest Ave, Portland, ME
Sanford Group Meeting Schedule
- Wednesday Evening: Bereavement Support