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.
- 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.