Family Matters

Individual Expressive Play

Toddlers and preschoolers are NOT too young to feel and experience the effects of a loved one diagnosed with cancer.  Through play, young children can safely test the boundaries of their emotions and thoughts surrounding changes at home.  Developmentally tailored education and support will help children clarify misconceptions and express their needs in an age appropriate manner.  Parents must be present at Wellness House during consultation.  Please call Chelsea Cress at 630-654-5107 or to learn more and to register. 

Kids Group

Kids who have a family member with cancer are welcome to this weekly support group that runs for 6-8 weeks per session.  Through expressive arts and discussion, kids ages 6-12 have opportunities to connect with others in a similar situation.  A simultaneous parents group is offered.  Please call Chelsea Cress at 630-654-5107 or to learn more and to register.

Kids Parent Group

It is important that parents are given the opportunity to express their own feelings and anxieties in relation to the cancer and to parenting during this time. The Kids Parent Group is offered simultaneously with the Kids Group, and addresses parent, children, and family issues that are associated with having a family member with cancer. By attending the Kids Parent Group, parents are not only able to confer with other parents in similar situations, but they are also able to learn how children interpret the cancer experience, and this will help them be better able to manage their children’s needs during this time.  Please call Chelsea Cress at 630-654-5107 or to learn more and to register.

Families Living with Metastatic Cancer

Children ages 6-12 who have a family member with metastatic cancer are welcome to this group where their range of feelings will be validated and normalized.  This group focuses on education to empower children, memory making activities and supporting one another through the journey.  Parents have a simultaneous support group offered that has a component of collaboration with their children to foster strong communication and coping as a family.  Please call Chelsea Cress at 630-654-5107 or to learn more and to register. 

Teen Time

Teen Talk is a support group for teenagers ages 13-18 who have a family member with cancer or have lost a family member to cancer. The group provides teens with the opportunity to connect with other teens who are going through similar situations, to discuss the impact cancer has on their family, explore the impact of loss and to learn about healthy coping strategies to manage stress and changes they are experiencing.  Please call Chelsea Cress at 630-654-5107 or to learn more and to register.


Teens ages 11-18 that are going through or just out of treatment are invited to join us for socializing, support, fun, and food!  This program provides an opportunity for teens to connect with one another and discuss the impact cancer has on their lives.  Simultaneous parent support group offered.  Please call Chelsea Cress at 630-654-5107 or for details on additional SPECIAL social events for ConnecTeen members throughout the year!!! 



Family Wellness

Because everyone in a family is impacted by a cancer diagnosis, it is important that families are able to come together and participate in fun and healthy activities. Family Wellness is a monthly class that will engage the entire family in wellness programs such as yoga, healthy cooking, and relaxation.  View upcoming Family Wellness events.

Social Events and Kids Kamp

Wellness House offers Social Events for children and teens throughout the year that give them a chance to have fun in the midst of a difficult family experience. View upcoming Social Events and Kamp schedule.


When a family member is diagnosed with cancer, parents of children and teens are faced with many challenges. Consultations are one on one appointments that are offered to assist parents with issues such as how to tell children about cancer, how to anticipate and respond to behavior changes, and how to best support children during the cancer experience.  Consultations are also available for children and teens as an opportunity to talk openly about the cancer experience in the family.  Please call Alison Graft at 630-654-5109 or to learn more and to make an appointment.

Wellness House 131 N. County Line Road Hinsdale, IL 60521   Phone: (630) 323-5150   Fax: (630) 654-5345
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
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Wellness House Program Sponsors:

Bear Necessities
Chicago Board of Trade
The Coleman Foundation
The Donald P. and Byrd M. Kelly Foundation
The Greer Foundation
The Grover Hermann Foundation
Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation
Michael Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation
The Perlman Family Foundation