My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Kids Konnected, Laguna Hills, CA, USA
I came across KidsKonnected in 2007 a couple of months before my husband lost his 5 year battle with multiple myeloma (bone marrow cancer), he was 46. Our three kids were 4, 6 and 9. The support our family has received from this group has been invaluable: starting from the care package each child received when I first contacted KidsKonnected to the on-going support through the monthly meetings and the availability of the counselors, this organization is amazing.
It provides my children with a safe place to talk about the impact the disease and the loss of their father has on their lives with other children facing the same children under the guidance of caring counselors. If adults find comfort sharing with other adults (friends and families), too often we forget that children are not equipped to deal with those challenging times and as parents we don't always know how to help them. This unique organization fills that gap. My kids love going to the monthly group meetings as it helps them deal with this situation in a manner that makes them stronger, more confident and in a positive way.
In addition this is a huge help to me, I know that I can count on the help of the counselor when I have questions, when I see changes in behaviors in my children that might be related to what they are going through. Knowing that I have access to this professional help gives me peace of mind and re-assurance.
And finally not only it provides help for the kids but the parent meeting that take place in parallel with the kids group meeting is also of tremendous help. It is moderated by a trained psychologist as well and allows me to share my concerns, questions, experiences with other parents in a non threatening or intimidating environment. The support I receive and I am able to give to others is a great benefit from being part of KidsKonnected.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
make it more vocal, give it a bigger voice. I wish I had come across this organization way earlier in this journey. I would make this information available in all oncologists'offices. Families with children need to be made aware of the resources that KidsKonnected provide. If the patient journey through cancer will remain the focus, the family who supports the patient also need to be taken into account as part of the process.
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