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Courageous Kids LionEvery day, we work with children struggling to come to terms with trauma, grief and loss. Acceptance can be particularly difficult for children who have been removed from – and often denied access to their families of origin. The unique grief that these children feel can be overwhelming and hard to express.

Courageous Kids Can Help

Courageous Kids is a group for children aged 5 to 12 years who are not permitted to live with their original families and are permanently in the care of others.

In contrast to bereaved children who have lost a parent through death, children who have been removed from their parents’ care must deal with many conflicting emotions.

They can feel confused, rejected and angry. Rather than focusing on the behavioural concerns common among these children, Courageous Kids addresses the underlying trauma, grief and loss they are experiencing. The program also provides a support group for those who care for these children, such as foster parents or residential services staff.

About Courageous Kids

The goal of Courageous Kids is to help children understand and accept why they no longer live with their original families.

Courageous Kids helps children explore, understand and accept their family situation through:

  • creative play
  • role playing
  • games
  • group discussions

Themes incorporated into activities include:

  • grief
  • trust
  • loss
  • safety
  • trauma
  • loyalty

All sessions are run by highly-qualified professionals specializing in play therapy, such as social workers and psychologists.

About Courageous Kids Sessions

  • both kids’ and caregivers’ sessions run for 8 weeks
  • groups meet once a week for 1 1/2 hours
  • group sizes are kept small
  • snacks are provided

Locations and times vary. Our current session fee is $99.00.  To download a copy of the referral form, click here.

Know a child who should be a Courageous Kid?

Contact our Child and Family Therapy Program at 519-746-5437 for session dates, locations and times.