The School Year Can Be Hard for Children Dealing With Grief, Adam’s Place Can Help
Imagine being a student who has experienced the death of a loved one and is still expected to focus, perform, and be social. Sometimes in a school setting, children with loss want to remain anonymous and fit in, but many are in need of support, time, and compassion. Here are some simple hints that may be beneficial to students, professionals, and other family members after loss:
Begin with You
Any effort to assist others should begin with reflection on your own needs and intentions. Taking care of oneself is the first step in helping others.
Routine and Ritual Helps
Maintain structure and schedule. Children benefit from being able to count on some things staying the same after a loss.
Talk About It (simply and honestly)
Children benefit from honest, clear, and age appropriate information. Difficult experiences can also be teachable moments. Often children want to talk but may need an invitation or an example.
Why Adam's Place?
Grieving children are vastly overlooked—both in society at large and in schools in particular.
Estimates are that:
- 1 in 5 school-aged children experiences the death of a loved one
- 1 in 20 experience the death of a parent or sibling by high school
- 7 in 10 teachers report have grieving students in their classroom
What does Adam's Place provide?
Adam's Place provides 8 sessions of coping skills, education and support for children and teens through out the school year at no cost to the family. We coordinate our eight sessions into two programs: fall camp and winter camp. The bonds created with peers - coping - skills acquired and confidence gained help Adam's Place kids to increase school attendance and performance. Adam's Place has been providing support group programs since 2009.
How do I refer families or sign up for my own family?
• Go to our website: adamsplacelv.org. Follow the easy steps to submit the family form and sign up for orientation.
• Our fall orientation is Tuesday, Sept. 12, 5:00pm - 7:00pm. Limited space available - sign up today.
Can I volunteer?
• Yes! Submit a volunteer application through our website.
• Our next facilitator training is Saturday, Sept. 16, 9:00am - 3:00pm.
How else can I help?
• Make a donation through our website today!!! Help us sustain programs for children in Clark County today and in the future.
• Like us on Facebook.
• Watch for our upcoming special fundraising events.
Kelly Thomas Boyers, MBA
Our very own Peyton Barsel with State Senator Scott Hammond in Carson City.
Peyton, her mother Kelly Knight, and Kelly Boyers, our founder, testified to get bill SB355 passed. The bill did pass and became law on July 1st, 2017. This bill creates a "Grief Support Trust Account" for children's support group programs. We also want to thank the Clark County Coroner and State Senator Richard Segerblom for their support.
Read more about Peyton's story...