Support Groups

Support Groups

Support groups provide an opportunity to share your feelings and connect with other parents and caregivers who are experiencing similar struggles. Learn more about the pediatric support groups offered at Penn State Children’s Hospital and the nearby area.

Questions about a support group?

Please visit the support group’s website for more information

Bereavement Support Groups

Connect and share with parents and guardians who’ve experienced the death of a child. Meetings are held at the hospital and nearby areas. Learn more about child bereavement support groups.

Childhood Apraxia Support Group

Share stories and concerns with other parents whose children have been diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech. Learn more about the Childhood Apraxia Support Group.

CLIMB (Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery)

When children hear that parents or grandparents have been diagnosed with cancer, they may feel all these things and more.

Children, like adults, can benefit from professionals who understand their needs, as well. CLIMB is a free, four-week program designed to help children cope when someone they love has cancer by encouraging discussion and creativity.

The child’s loved ones are also welcomed. The program increases their understanding of cancer and its treatment, as well as allows children to form new friendships and bonds with others going through the same thing.

For more information, contact Nichole Cook at 717-531-7942 or, or Lynn Fantom at 717-531-7492.

Cochlear Implant Support Group

Connect with other cochlear implant recipients and their family and friends. This group is sponsored by Penn State Hershey Audiology. Learn more about the Pediatric and Adult Cochlear Implant Support Group.

Concussion Support Group for Adolescents and Young Adults

Connect with others who have sustained a concussion to share stories and learn new strategies to manage symptoms. This group meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:15 p.m.

If you are planning to attend and/or would like additional information, please contact Jena Miller via e-mail at

Epilepsy Support Group

Meet monthly with family and friends of those with epilepsy. This group is sponsored by Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the Epilepsy Foundation of Western/central Pennsylvania. Learn more about the Epilepsy – Family and Friends support group.

Hershey Hearts

Participate in a support group for parents, siblings, and other family members who’ve been affected by congenital heart disease. Call 717-531-8343 to learn more about Hershey Hearts.

Parent Support Group

If you are grieving the loss of a child, you are not alone. There are others who can relate and understand what you are going through. Participate in an intimate six-week group that provides an opportunity to meet others who are going through a similar situation. This group meets every spring and fall. Learn more about the Parent Support Group.

Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Support Group

Participate in a support group for IBD patients aged 12-18 years and their parents. The group meets quarterly to provide information and share experiences and proven coping strategies. Learn more about the Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease support group.


Sibshops are free, one-day workshops held each quarter at Children’s Hospital. They are open to siblings - ages six to 13 years - of patients and former patients with chronic medical needs. Learn more about Sibshops.

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