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Frequently Asked Questions

Joining Kate’s Club

What if a child or teen needs individual therapy?

Kate’s Club does not provide individual therapy or counseling. We will be happy to provide referrals to vetted therapists in the community who specialize in grief and work with children and families.

How long is a family expected to participate in Kate’s Club?

We believe in the uniqueness of the intensity and duration of grief for each individual and family. Children/teens choose when to start and when to stop attending. We serve children ages 5-18.

What if my child is reluctant to come to Kate's Club?

New experiences can be scary for younger children. Here is a short video to introduce your child to Kate’s Club. This video may help your child become more familiar with Kate's Club and what we do.

How do I volunteer at Kate's Club?

There are many different ways to get involved and volunteer with Kate's Club. Click here to view our opportunities.

Is there a Kate’s Club near me?

Kate’s Club programs are held in-person and virtually. In-person programs are held at our clubhouse in various locations throughout Georgia. There is also a virtual option once per month. All members regardless of location are welcome to attend virtual programs. To find a program near you, please see our program pages.

How much does it cost?

All programs are 100% free of charge to participants and their families.

What is the Clubhouse membership process?

After submitting an application for each eligible child, you will be contacted to schedule a guardian phone interview. Children ages 8 and up will need to complete a Bereavement Needs Assessment with a staff member. The final step is to attend a Family Orientation to learn all about Kate’s Club.

Who is eligible to participate in Kate’s Club Programs?

Kate's Club empowers children and teens, their families, and young adults facing life after the death of a parent, sibling, caregiver or someone important to them. Clubhouse programs are open to children and teens, ages 5-18, who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or caregiver. On the other hand, school-based programs and our young adult program are open to children and young adults who have experienced the death of anyone close to them -- this may include a close relative, a partner, a friend or someone else. Please visit our program pages for more information.

How long after the death does the family need to wait before calling?

A family can call and start the process for participation as soon as they are ready. Every family and every individual grieve differently. However, the Bereavement Needs Assessment is not administered until at least 2 months after the death. We recognize this and meet families when and where they are ready.

About Kate’s Club

How is Kate's Club funded?

Kate’s Club is a tax-exempt 501c3 nonprofit that operates entirely on donations. We appreciate every gift as it allows us to continue providing a fun, positive, uplifting environment to help grieving children succeed in living healthy lives. Click here to help.

Our Tax Identification Number is 16-1646487. You can view our 990 here.

School Grief Group Questions

Who facilitates a grief group?

Groups are facilitated by Kate’s Club staff, graduate level interns, or therapists or other mental health professionals who contract with Kate’s Club. All group facilitators have experience and training related to grief and loss.

Does a school counselor or other school staff need to facilitate the group sessions?

You are not required to co-facilitate the group with your assigned facilitator, but you can participate if you would like! Many school counselors/social workers/staff will sit in on the group or in the same room. If you will not be present in the room with the group, we just ask that you communicate with the facilitator on where you will be or how they can reach you/another staff member for emergencies and students returning to class.

What if students need individual grief counseling?

Kate’s Club does not provide individual counseling services, but we can provide recommendations of local therapists who we know work well with bereaved children and adolescents.

What is the timeframe for groups?

Groups meet once per week for six to 10 weeks. We do our best to plan around district-wide holidays and breaks, but please let us know about any additional conflicts to group dates such as early release days, field trips, known fire/safety drills, and school events.

For school-based groups, it is best for the group to meet during the school day and not during lunch. Many schools utilize Connections Class blocks. Groups can be offered after-school, but keep in mind that this might be a barrier for some families due to transportation.

What if their grief is not due to a death?

While we recognize that students may be grieving other types of loss (such as divorce, incarceration, deployment, or absenteeism), our groups are specific to loss due to death. We can offer a one-time psychoeducational activity for grief of all causes.

Other Questions

For any additional questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.