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"Cancer takes your family on a journey that you didn't necessarily plan for. The HCC program has ensured, through opening communication lines with my children, that I don't take the unplanned journey alone, but rather with my family right by my side."
- D.I., Survivor and Parent


Clinics and Groups

American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS)
154 Hansen Road, Suite 201, Charlottesville, VA 22911
Phone: (434) 293-5350

APOS aims to connect cancer patients and their caregivers to local psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers and counselors skilled in the management of cancer-related distress. To request a confidential referral, please call: Toll Free 1-866-276-7443 (1-866-APOS-4-HELP).

BAMSI (Brockton Area Multi-Services, Inc.)
10 Christy's Drive, Brockton, MA 02301
Phone: (508) 580-8700

Offers individual and family counseling as well as a Parent Information Network program. Outreach locations are in Plymouth, Hanover, Whitman and elsewhere.

Bay Shore Counseling Center
8 Washington Place, Suite 203, Braintree, MA 02184-3260
Phone: (781) 843-2232

The center provides counseling, psychologists and child psychologists. It is multilingual.

Bayview Associates
Counseling Services
859 Willard Street, Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: (617) 847-1950

This group is an adolescent psychiatry and pediatric psychiatry group practice.

Brookside Counseling Associates, LLC
62 Derby Street, #13, Hingham, MA 02043-3718
Phone: (781) 749-4600

Behavioral health family practice providing psychological treatment services to children, adolescents and adults. Staffed with licensed psychologists and clinical social workers.

Camp Kesem MIT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 397219, Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: (617) 848-2824

Camp Kesem is a college student-run summer camp for kids with a parent who has (or has had) cancer. Their one-week sleep away camps are a chance for kids 6-13 to have a fun-filled week and just be kids. Therapy and other support services by qualified professionals are also provided.

Cancer Support Community - Massachusetts South Shore
120 Longwater Drive, Suite 104, Norwell, MA 02061
Phone: (781) 610-1490

Provides a comprehensive program of services including support groups, educational workshops, stress management, healthy lifestyle, creative art and social gatherings to people with all types of cancer and their family/caregivers free of charge and in a home life environment.

Cranberry Hospice
36 Cordage Park Circle, Suite 326, Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: (508) 746-0215

Bereavement support groups are their primary resource. Offer specialized groups for children and teens and their parents and guardians. They also provide consultation services, crisis support, and grief and loss workshops. Activities include group conversation, games, and creative activities led by a trained facilitator.

Facing Cancer Together
230 Walnut Street, Newtonville, MA 02460
Phone: (617) 332-5777

Facing Cancer Together invites members of our community to join the conversation as we connect stories and lives of people touched by cancer. Designed to inspire and guide honest conversations about the many aspects of cancer, from treatment options close to home, to survivor and caregiver concerns, to healthy lifestyle choices for cancer prevention.

Hospice of the South Shore
Rob Zucker, Director
100 Bay State Drive
P.O. Box 859060
Braintree, MA 02185-9060
Information: (781) 843-0947
Referrals: 1 (800) 432-9995

The first Medicare-certified hospice program in the South Shore region. It has been providing terminally ill patients and their families the highest of home health care services. The multidisciplinary team provides nursing and rehabilitation services to the patient and respite care and bereavement programs for the family. Includes social work and counseling services.

NVNA Care Givers Support Group
Duxbury Senior Center
10 Mayflower Street, Duxbury, MA 02332
Phone: (781) 659-2342

This group is open to all South Shore caregivers who are caring for a loved one or friend. It is not disease specific. Meetings, which are co-facilitated by trained professionals, offer information and resources, education about specific caregiving issues, and an opportunity for caregivers to share coping and caregiving strategies and techniques. It meets the third Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

South Bay Mental Health Center
541 Main Street #317, Weymouth, MA 02191
Phone: (781) 331-7866

South Bay provides a continuum of community-based services to children, adults and families. Community based provider of behavioral healthcare.

South Shore Coalition of Independent Therapists (SSCIT)
41 Popple Bottom Road, Sandwich, MA 02563
Phone: (781) 248-9888

Lists therapists in the South Shore area by name, town, specialty, insurance and groups. Visit the website to locate providers in your area. Each practitioner is well qualified to offer guidance and counseling to adults, children and/or families as a unit about coping with a loved one’s cancer.

South Shore Mental Health Center, Inc.
Counseling Services
500 Victory Road, Quincy, MA 02171
Phone: (617) 847-1950

Particular focus on children with special needs. Provides early intervention services to over 900 children and families annually in their Step One Intervention Program. Additionally, they are a leader in providing services for children, teens and families experiencing emotional problems, behavioral issues, developmental disabilities and substance abuse.

The Ellie Fund
475 Hillside Avenue, Needham, MA 02494
Phone: (781) 449-0100

The Ellie Fund is a non-profit organization that eases the effects of breast cancer on patients and families by providing transportation to medical appointments, childcare, housekeeping, groceries, and nutritious prepared/delivered meals free of charge to hundreds of women and family members across Massachusetts each year. Every program participant must be referred by an oncology social worker or patient navigator at the hospital where treatment is occurring.( A typical grant lasts 1-2 months. For breast cancer diagnosis only.)

The HOPES Program
Massachusetts General Hospital, Resource Room
55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 724-6737

The HOPES Program focuses on improving the quality of life and well-being of MGH Cancer Center patients, as well as for their families and friends through free wellness services plus education and support workshops. These services help you take care of your whole self — mind, body and spirit. Social workers, wellness therapists, chaplains, nurses, experienced patients and caregivers, and other experts work together to provide HOPES workshops and services.

The Julie Fund
P.O. Box 620-657, Newton, MA 02462
Phone: (617) 696-0080

The Julie Fund was established in partnership with the Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners Healthcare, a system of Massachusetts' leading academic medical centers and community hospitals. The Julie Fund expects to impact three key areas relating to women's cancers: research, patient/family support, and education.

The Memory Room
2 Canton Street, Room 120, Stoughton, MA 02072
Phone: (339) 237-8068

This small community organization nurtures families upon the loss of a child. It is run by parents who have been through the experience. In addition to adult services, they offer free services, including expressive arts for teens and arts and play activities for surviving children.

DISCLAIMER: Helping Children Cope (HCC) makes no representations or warranties, expressed or implied. Providing references to other organizations or links to other websites does not imply that HCC endorses the information or services provided by them. Those organizations are solely responsible for the information they provide.