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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.

Volunteer opportunities

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.

Caregiver resources

Here are some quick links to accurate and helpful information for parents and caregivers of children with cancer and blood disorders.