Referring a Family

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How to Refer a Family to The WARM Place

Children who are referred to The WARM Place may have experienced the death loss of:

  • A parent
  • A sibling
  • A grandparent
  • An aunt, uncle, cousin, or other relative
  • A close friend
  • A classmate

Steps to follow:

The legal guardian of the child/children contacts The WARM Place.

  • Call any time after the death loss to schedule an intake/interview appointment.
  • Families can call any time during office hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) if they need to talk to someone.

The family comes to The WARM Place for an intake.

  • The intake/interview is during the day and lasts about 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
  • All family members including children and legal guardian(s) must be present at the intake.

The Objective of the intake

  • The family can share their death loss experience.
  • The tour of the facility alleviates possible fears of coming to The WARM Place.
  • The intake is conducted by a counselor. Time is spent with adult(s) and children separately.
  • The family is assigned a group night based on who has died in the child’s life.

The support groups for children offered at The WARM Place are:

  • Parent loss — includes step-parent.
  • Sibling loss — biological or step-sibling.
  • Grandparent loss — cousin, aunt, uncle, friend, or any other significant death loss.

Each night the support groups meet, the children are divided by grade level:

  • Children, K-3rd grade
  • Pre-teens, 4th-5th grade
  • Young-teens, 6th-8th grade
  • Teens, 9th-12th grade

The guardian(s) must attend with the children.

General Information

  • Groups meet every other week (with the exception of special programs).
  • Families attend groups as long as they feel the need for support.
  • Special programs include groups for Young Adults, ages 19 to 25
    and groups for preschoolers, ages 3-1/2 to 5.
  • Groups are led by facilitators who have had extensive training in the grief process and group dynamics.
  • The WARM Place services are at no charge to the families.

Download The WARM Place brochure.