Supporting Families through Cancer

The diagnosis of a child, adolescent or young adult with cancer can feel overwhelming to parents and families and present unexpected psychological, emotional and social challenges. Connecticut Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders offers a variety of support services to help families navigate this unfamiliar experience.

Psychologists, social workers, Child Life specialists, and our Family Resource Center provide patients and families emotional support, counseling services, resources, education and guidance to adapt to the challenges a cancer diagnosis brings. Our psychosocial team strives to understand each family’s unique strengths and abilities to help them cope with a cancer diagnosis, treatment and beyond.


Cancer Support Services

Families navigating a cancer diagnosis will have the opportunity to consult any of these services for support:

Families Helping Families

The Cancer Family Advisory Council at Connecticut Children’s is a voluntary group that includes family members of current or former cancer patients and medical professionals who care for children, adolescents and young adults with cancer. The Council provides insight, guidance and support to families undergoing cancer treatment, and works to continually improve the patient- and family-centered health care experience at Connecticut Children’s. 

For more information about the cancer Family Advisory Board, sgilland [at] (send an email) or call 860.837.5582. 

To become a Family Advisory Council member, fill out this application.