Parent to Parent Program
A support system for families of children with cancer and blood disorders
The Parent to Parent (PTP) Program offers support and comfort to all families of kids with cancer or blood disorders at Children's Mercy. We have a dedicated social worker who oversees the program, which offers services such as:
Specially-trained parent volunteers who are available as mentors to share with, listen to and support current parents going through similar circumstances
Two stocked parent rooms that offer weekly dinners, breakfast foods, therapeutic and educational activities, and a safe place to unwind while a child is in the hospital
Care bags to ease the burden of a hospital stay for families who are unexpectedly admitted to the hospital
Journals for families who are dealing with a new diagnosis
An extensive bereavement support program that connects with families regularly in the months and years following a child's death
The PTP Program is nationally recognized for its innovative model and works closely with a number of local organizations to offer additional support and resources for families.
Become a Parent to Parent mentor
No one understands the difficulty of parenting a child who has cancer or a blood disorder like someone who has experienced it for themselves. You can become a mentor or partner along the journey for a parent who needs someone to talk to.
Find out how you can give back and get involved with helping families of children with cancer and blood disorders.
Request a parent mentor
Use the form below to request a parent mentor to help you on your journey.
Here are some quick links to accurate and helpful information for parents and caregivers of children with cancer and blood disorders.
- Cancer Center
- Cancer in Adolescents and Young Adults
- Brain Tumor Treatment
- Experimental Therapeutics
- Genomic Medicine in Cancer Treatment
- Histiocytosis Program
- Leukemia and Lymphoma Program
- Liver Cancer Treatment
- Proton Therapy
- Soft Tissue and Bone Sarcomas
- Spanish-Speaking Cancer Clinic
- Surveillance for Predisposition to Tumors (SPoT) Clinic
- Survive & Thrive
- Cancer Center Family Care Team
- Hematology, Oncology, and Blood and Marrow Transplant
- Meet the Team