Suncoast Kids Place offers programs in 2 locations in the state of Florida. Our main location is in Lutz with our secondary location being in Brandon. Suncoast Kids Place also provides services within schools, the Juvenile Justice system, and other community programs. This program is available to provide educational presentations and opportunities within the community and organizations.
How do I get my child/teen started?
The 3 steps for getting into Suncoast Kids Place are:
1. A caregiver/guardian calls 813-990-0216 and a staff member takes basic information about your family and the person who died. The caregiver will have a chance to ask questions about Suncoast Kids Place or ask about more information about grieving children/teens. Your family will be placed into appropriate groups.
We will schedule your family for an orientation/tour appointment if needed or requested.
2. An application will be provided to you and your family. This must be completed before your family can attend groups.
3. If an orientation is not scheduled, your family will receive an introduction tour during to your first group.
The success of Suncoast Kids Place is highly dependent on volunteers. The fact is, it cannot happen without them.
A volunteer facilitator’s commitment to each group is 2.5 hours two times each month. Facilitators will interact directly with the children or teens during play and talk time and will work to establish a relationship with the children that are working through the death of a significant person. Volunteer facilitators are also an important part of our caregiver groups. They assist in leading conversation amongst the caregivers who bring the children to our program. Each child/teen group has a co-occuring caregiver group.
Volunteers must be 18 years or older and be in good physical condition. We require all volunteer facilitators to go through our training prior to being in groups. This includes viewing our training videos and an interview with one of our staff. All volunteers are also required to complete an application and criminal background check.
If you are interested in volunteering with Suncoast Kids Place please contact us at 813.990.0216 or email@example.com to schedule an interview.
The below video links are part of the training process. The password to view them will be provided after contacting Suncoast Kids Place.
Suncoast Kids Place prides itself on educating future professionals.
Interns should expect a hands on experience working with grieving children, teens, and adults. During the internship, there will be opportunities to experience peer support groups and office time. Interns are also expected to take on a leadership role towards the end of the semsester. Intern hours and requirments vary by college program and school.
Internships are provided through partnerships with colleges. We currently have partnerships with the following schools:
If you are interested in interning with Suncoast Kids Place please contact us at 813.990.0216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A goal of Suncoast Kids Place is to provide training and education in the area of children and grief, and to increase the community's awareness of the needs of grieving children.
We provide presentations and in-service trainings on many topics and can accommodate the specific needs of a school, organization or business.
The following are sample topics:
If you are interested in having Suncoast Kids Place reaching out to your community or organization for specific grief related topics, please contact us to discuss details.
Where Children Find Comfort, Camaraderie and Hope After Loss