Support Groups for Children

Support Groups for Children

Children and their families need support while they are dealing with a child’s illness and treatment. You will find support resources both at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance outpatient clinic on Lake Union and at Seattle Children’s, an SCCA partner organization.

Seattle Children’s sponsors and hosts a variety of support groups and networks for families of children with special healthcare needs. Most of the groups are led by a social worker or nurse. Parents or parent-staff partnerships facilitate some groups.

Parent Support Program

The Parent Support Program connects families whose children are newly diagnosed or just beginning treatment with trained volunteer parents who have been through a similar experience with their own child. The one-to-one peer support takes place primarily over the phone. Contact: Lawrie Williams, parent, (206) 987-1119.


Sibshops provide peer support and education for siblings of children with chronic medical conditions. Sibshops meet on Saturdays at Seattle Children’s. Programs range from information gathering and discussions to fun activities, games, and special guests. Contact Sibshops registration (206) 987-4133 or

More Information

  • See a list of some current support groups available through Seattle Children’s.
  • Volunteers work in more than 70 departments at Seattle Children’s. You'll recognize them by their blue smocks. You’ll see them at Seattle Children’s Family Resource Center, in inpatient units holding babies, in the Playroom helping with activities, and throughout the hospital bringing books and toys to patients. Volunteers can visit your child for bedside play sessions, stay with your child while you take a break, or take your child to the Playroom and stay to play. Families on the inpatient unit may ask their child’s nurse to set up a volunteer visit.