Out of concern for our patients, families and staff, all support group meetings that are scheduled within the next 30 days are cancelled. This includes meetings held both on and off campus. As things change, we will reevaluate the situation and adjust meeting schedules accordingly. Thank you for understanding.
Whether you are facing a long- or short-term medical journey, you don't have to do it alone. The support groups found at Cook Children's offer comfort, understanding, strength and coping skills to help both the patient and family members manage the challenges of care and the stress of your child's diagnosis, condition and treatment. Inside the safety of these support groups, members often find laughter, healing and when needed, a shoulder to lean on.
Adolescent and Young Adult Program (cancer)
While we know you are not a child, our AYA child life specialist is here to meet your specific needs as an adolescent or young adult. Our child life specialist provides developmentally appropriate education about your diagnosis, treatments and procedure support. Beyond the medical, they also assess, intervene and advocate for your psychosocial needs. Lastly, we understand the importance of connection. Our child life specialist provides AYAs with opportunities for social experiences with peers facing cancer treatment.
Endocrinology support groups
Support and events for patients and family members.
Please contact 682-885-7960 for additional information on our events and support group programs.
Epilepsy Family Support Group
Epilepsy Family Support Group presents general topics for discussion with activities for patients and siblings. Following each monthly general presentation, families will break-out into smaller diagnosis-specific groups to discuss personal experiences, share their stories, and build an appropriate support network. We encourage and welcome caregivers of patients who want to learn more about their child's neural condition while navigating the overwhelming maze of difficult decisions. Together, we will explore options and create better outcomes.
Our support groups help families:
- Build a network of supportive relationships.
- Develop new skills to help you deal with daily challenges.
- Meet others with similar experiences.
- Receive hope and encouragement.
What to know
The Epilepsy Family Support Group is designed for patients, their parents or caregivers, as well as siblings of all ages to attend.
Cook Children's hosts family support activities during the year. Support group meetings at the medical center include dinner, and sitters are available for children under the age of 6. Families will also have an opportunity to visit with one another and share resources with each other.
- Cook Children's Family Health Library
- Epilepsy Foundation
- Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation
- Tourette Association
GI Support Group
Designed to offer support to all patients and families of patients with any gastrointestinal diagnosis except for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis (there's a separate group for those families).
Hematology and Oncology support
Designed for parents to find support and coping skills when dealing with a child's blood or cancer disorder.
This group meets every Thursday at 11:00 a.m.
L.A.U.N.C.H. Headache and Migraine Support Group
Headache and migraine support for teens
Life After Cancer program
Groups meet monthly and our events include education programs, opportunities to learn more about resources available for survivors and to network with other survivors through social activities like family picnics, parties and sporting events.
Call Joyce Bender at 682-885-2164 for more information on the Life After Cancer program.
Links of Hope (emotions and behavior)
Links of Hope in Fort Worth
Links of Hope provides adult care-givers of children with behavioral and emotional concerns such as ADHD, depression, OCD, ASD, with support and education. Our Links of Hope support group is led by a licensed social worker and there is no charge for attendance. This group is led by a licensed professional counselor dedicated to identifying services and providing resource information and educational opportunities.
For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that this email inbox is not monitored 24 hours a day. If you think you may have a medical or mental health emergency, call your doctor, go to the emergency department, or call 911 immediately.
Links of Hope in Southlake
Links of Hope provides adult care-givers of children with behavioral and emotional concerns such as ADHD, depression, OCD, ASD, with support and education. Our Links of Hope support group is led by a licensed social worker and there is no charge for attendance. For additional information, you may contact us at LinksOfHope-Southlake@CookChildrens.org. Please note that this email inbox is not monitored 24 hours a day. If you think you may have a medical or mental health emergency, call your doctor, go to the emergency department, or call 911 immediately.
Listen Up! (hearing loss)
The group offers support and information for patients, parents and siblings with any type of hearing loss.
Mended Little Hearts
Support for parents of children with congenital heart defects. This parent-led group provides a way for parents to talk one-on-one with each other, sharing their experiences, concerns and questions.
Mended Little Hearts meeting
Pavilion classroom 5 (Cook Children's Medical Center, below Starbucks)
Group meets the second Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m.
NICU Helping Hands
This group offers support and events for families and caregivers of children that are or have been in the NICU.
Complex surgery support group
Meet other families and learn more about complex orthopedic surgeries.
Cook Children's Sib2Sib™ program provides services to siblings of children living with a chronic illness or life-changing disability, who are or have been patients at Cook Children's Medical Center.
Activities, events and meetings include:
- Camp Courage and Camp Courage Teen
These are fun-filled adventures away from the medical center. They provide opportunities for growth and building relationships with other siblings.
- Teen and young adult field trips
Fun outings give teens and young adults a healthy break.
The history of Sibshops spans more than 25 years. Founded by Don Meyer, a pioneer in the sibling movement, the Sibshop model is dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people with special needs. The Sibshop at Cook Children’s is designed to serve siblings of patients living with a chronic illness or a life changing injury. There are currently over 320 Sibshops worldwide, including one right here at Cook Children's in Fort Worth, Texas. To learn more about the history of Sibshops and what they offer check out siblingsupport.org.
Your child can join the Cook Children's Sibshop for opportunities to meet other siblings, discuss common concerns unique to siblings of children with a chronic illness or life-changing disability, play games, enjoy arts and crafts, and have fun. It's a chance for us to celebrate siblings for who they are and all they do.
SOS: Spotlight on Scoliosis
This group offers support and events for patients and family members.
Trauma Support Group
Cook Children’s hosts a monthly support group for children who are 8-years-old and older, along with their caregivers and siblings, to help address some of the lasting effects that a child might be experiencing in their home or personal life after their accident or traumatic event. The goal of the support group is to allow children and their families an opportunity to process their experiences and meet other kids who have had similar experiences, while having fun together. This group also provides educational opportunities and guest speakers for parents and caregivers, covering a variety of topics surrounding trauma.