Tender Living Care

Helping Families Cope With Serious Illness

From the point of diagnosis the Tender Living Care (TLC) Program provides social and emotional support for the whole family affected by 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. The majority of families who join TLC are facing a cancer diagnosis, however we welcome anyone who is navigating any serious illness diagnosis.

In addition to social and emotional support, participating in TLC can also assist in finding sensitive ways to communicate with your children about the challenges and loss that come with a diagnosis of serious illness. 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 families are welcome to stay in them for as long as needed.

Community Support And Education

Center staff is available via phone and email to answer questions and concerns about supporting children dealing with a family member’s serious illness. We offer resources, information, and counseling referrals as needed.

Staff also present to schools, community organizations, workplaces, and conferences about the changes and loss that comes with families impacted by serious illness.

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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.

Portland Group Schedule

  • 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

Get in touch with us!

(207) 775-5216
Interested in joining the Center? We’re here to answer any questions you may have about our services and what we can do for you. Please don’t hesitate to call or send us a message.