Community Resources Support Groups
Community Resources Support Groups

Children's Mercy Support Groups

Children’s Mercy Kansas City understands the importance of all children having proper support in their care and the following is a list of support groups hosted by Children’s Mercy. This list includes information about support groups and resources for patients and families that may need additional support. Please note that this list is not exhaustive of all the resources available for children and families.

Diabetes Teen Girl Support Group

Teenage girls ages 12 and older with type 1 diabetes are invited to attend this free group. Patients participate in a psychosocial activity or discussion that focuses on coping strategies, caring for diabetes at home and school and amongst peers, managing stress and diabetes, and other adolescent specific topics. Group is led by CMH diabetes team social workers.

This group meets quarterly @ Children's Mercy Clinics on Broadway; 3101 Broadway Blvd., 9th Floor. Please contact Lara Simon or Heather Feingold for additional information
Phone: (816) 960-8981

Diabetes Center Family Support Group

Parents, caregivers, and siblings of patients with type 1 diabetes are invited to attend this free group to gain support, knowledge, and resources. Patients and siblings participate in a group activity and are led through a discussion of their successes, worries, fears, and coping strategies. Parents and caregivers participate in an adult group simultaneously where they can also discuss similar topics. Dinner is served with RSVP. Group is hosted by CMH Diabetes Social Workers and the psychologist.

This group meets quarterly @ Children's Mercy Clinics on Broadway; 3101 Broadway Blvd., 9th Floor. Please contact Lara Simon of Heather Feingold for additional information. 
Phone: (816) 960-8981

GPS Clinic: TGNC social group

This group is a social and supportive group for ages 5-17 and is open to the public. It aims to help build connections and foster communication between people with similar experiences, specifically relating to gender identity. 

This group meetings once a month @ Children's Mercy Clinics on Broadway; 3101 Broadway Blvd., 9th Floor.
Please contact Kat Boman for additional information
Phone: (816) 960-8983

GPS Clinic: Sibling social group-open to public

This group is a social and supportive group for ages 5-17. It aims to help build connections and foster communication between people with similar experiences, specifically relating to gender identity. 

This group meetings once a month @ Children's Mercy Clinics on Broadway; 3101 Broadway Blvd., 9th Floor.
Please contact Kat Boman for additional information
Phone: (816) 960-8983

GPS Clinic: Transparent supportive group

This group is a social and supportive group for adults only. It aims to help build connections and foster communication between people with similar experiences, specifically relating to gender identity. 

This group meets once a month @ Children's Mercy Clinics on Broadway; 3101 Broadway Blvd., 9th Floor.
Please contact Kat Boman for additional information:
Phone: (816) 960-8983

Skill Building Eating Disorder Group

The skills based psychoeducational group in the EDC is for teens struggling with eating disorders and their parent/caregiver(s) to gain support and tools to aid in recovery.

This group is offered at various points throughout the year; 5520 College Blvd, Suite 425, Multipurpose Room.
Please contact Emily Reilly Bury for additional information.
Phone: (913) 696-5070

Cooking with Keto Kids

The hands-on cooking class provides a venue for both patients and caregivers to trial, evaluate, and taste new and standard recipes.

Keto kids work with the chef educator to learn how to create and weigh their own recipe using simple cooking terms. The patients read, prepare and taste their recipe, and come to understand how the recipe fits into their individual diet ratio. The Cooking with Keto Kids program offers patients and caregivers a venue to test recipes and receive support in a nonclinical setting.

This group meets the first Wednesday of even months. Please contact Kelli Neuburger for additional information.
Phone: (913) 696-9318

Epilepsy Caregivers Group

This adult only group provides support to caregivers as they face struggles related to the caring for those with a diagnosis of Epilepsy. Epilepsy caregivers gather to share tips, mutual concerns, common issues, challenges and successes with other members of the group. Sessions may feature guest presenters, various topics and a source of comfort to see you are not alone. 

This group occurs on the second Wednesday of the month.
Please contact Kelli Neuburger for additional information
Phone: (913) 696-9318

Epilepsy Peer to Peer Group

Designed primarily for children who have the diagnosis of Epilepsy, ages 8-18. They meet with peers going through the same diagnosis and challenges related to the disease process. Support topics include school, peers, sports, driving, emotions, etc. Sessions may have projects incorporated such as art or guest speakers.

This group meets the third Wednesday of the month at CMH South.
Please contact Kelli Neuburger for additional information.
Phone: (913) 696-9318

Congenital Heart Defects Families support group

Congenital Heart Defects Families is a face to face support group for parents of kids with heart defects or disease. Due to adult issues that may be discussed, only nursing infants may attend with their parents. Other supports are available one line.

This group meets one evening per month @ the Kreamer Family Resource Center
Please contact Valerie Rexin, info@chdfamilies.org for more information.
Phone: (816) 533-5989

Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) 

Children’s Mercy offers a parenting workshop to strengthen parenting skills and increase positive behavior in children by enhancing the adult-child relationship. 

Phone: (816) 855-1720

Children’s Mercy Aftercare Program

The aftercare program provides family bereavement support. Parent and sibling groups meet on a quarterly basis. 

Please call (816) 234-3911 for more information. 

The Compassionate Friends

For persons dealing with the death of a child. Various groups meet throughout the metropolitan area. 

Call (816) 941-3904 (24 hours a day) for the nearest location. 

Autism Spectrum Disorder Family Training Opportunities

Children's Mercy Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences offers family trainings on topics related to autism. 

Go to childrensmercy.org/autism-services/training-opportunities/ for more detailed information and for registration information. Trainings are monthly and are designed for families that have received an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis.
Phone: (913) 696-5711

Responsible and Educated Adolescent Living (REAL)

Encouraging teens, parents and guardians to discuss the topic of sexual health by promoting honest and open communication.

Meetings are held once a month on a Thursday from 4-5pm.
Children's Mercy Clinics on Broadway
3101 Broadway Blvd.
Kansas City, MO
Phone: (816) 960-8489

 

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