Program meets the 4th Monday of each month during the school year.
6:00-7:30 pm

Groups offered by KidsHUGS (Hope, Understanding, Growth and Support)
Contact KidsHUGS directly: (203) 204-3866, or

The KidsHUGS (Hope, Understanding, Growth, and Support) program offers support for families that have a parent coping with a serious illness or chronic disease. Kids UGS provides children with a nurturing community where they can explore their emotions and learn lifelong coping skills. It also provides parents–both caregivers and ill parents–a safe place to talk through their struggles. Through KidsHUGS, children:

  • Discover how to express their emotions through creative arts, music, movement, and play.
  • Learn that they are not alone as they navigate the many questions and challenges they face living with a parent who is sick.

The children’s support group is facilitated by a child life specialist, with some activities led by local artists to encourage children to express themselves through creative arts and play.

While children engage in these activities, the parents meet in a separate room where they can talk about challenges and concerns related to raising children while facing a serious illness.

Children ages 6-16 are welcome to participate.

Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of the month from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. To register, please e-mail

For more information, visit the Kids HUGS website.