Human Services

CHILDRENS BEREAVEMENT CENTER INC

  • South Miami, FL
  • www.childbereavement.org

Mission Statement

The Children's Bereavement Center mission is to help children, young adults, and their families adjust to life after the loss of a loved one within a supportive community of their peers, and to promote healthful grief, healing and growth.

The CBC provides FREE weekly Peer Support Groups for children (kindergarten through young adult) and concurrent support groups for parents/caregivers. Groups are currently offered in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Currently, 94 CBC Peer Support groups are offered each month across our site locations.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. CBC Peer Support Groups
  3. Loss of Life Consultation & Support Team
  4. Referral and Information Resource
  5. CBC Training Institute
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

The Children's Bereavement Center (CBC) is the most comprehensive bereavement service provider in the South Florida region. The CBC provides support groups throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Our community partnerships and program model enable us to address the diversity of our community through ease of access and multi-lingual services. The demographics of CBC participants reflect the cultural make up of our South Florida community.

ruling year

1999

CEO

Self-reported

Claude Grubair

Chief Operating Officer since 1999

Self-reported

Peter Willig

Keywords

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children, grief, death, education

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Also Known As

CBC

EIN

65-0918564

 Number

7188494757

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Family Services (Adolescent Parents) (P45)

Citizen Participation (W24)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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In the past year alone over 1300 participants attended the CBC. The CBC continues to add an average of over 70 new participants monthly that join our ongoing groups after each Orientation. Currently, 94 CBC Peer Support groups are offered each month across our site locations.

The CBC is engaged in research studying factors that aid adjustment to loss for children and parents. The study is directed by Nurit Sheinberg, Ed.D., Director of Research and Evaluation at NOVA Southeastern University.


Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

The CBC's major programs are listed as follows: 1. Weekly peer support groups: The CBC provides weekly peer support groups designed for all ages: preschool, elementary, middle, high school and young adults. Separate groups are provided for parents/caregivers and other adults significant in the child's life. Groups are guided by a lead facilitator and trained volunteers who assist participants by listening, helping them to articulate their grief, and "companioning" them through their healing journey. All volunteers receive an extensive 3-day training and ongoing post-group feedback and assessment. Children's activities include creative play, music, puppetry, and arts and crafts. The teen and adult groups consist of more interactive discussion, though all participants are encouraged to record their thoughts in poems, stories, letters and journals. 2. Monthly orientations: The CBC holds monthly orientations for new participants and those interested in learning about the CBC. Monthly orientations avoid the need for a waiting list, allowing grieving families to participate as soon as they are ready. Approximately 10-15 families attend each orientation. 3. Vital community partnerships: The CBC has established important referral partnerships with the following community agencies and institutions: Miami-Dade County Public Schools, African-American Council of Christian Clergy, Private & Parochial Schools, Hospitals and Hospices, Mental Health Agencies & Community Centers, University Counseling Centers, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), CHARLEE, Jewish Family & Children's Services, Catholic Charities of the Miami Archdiocese, Dept. of Children & Families Foster Care and Miami-Dade Police Juvenile Assessment Center. 4. Internship Program: The CBC, in partnership with local universities, including University of Miami, Florida International University, and Barry University, provides practicum and internship opportunities to college and master's level students in mental health. Students are supervised by the Program Directors, receiving ongoing training in child and adult bereavement and loss issues. 5. Research: The CBC, in partnership with the University of Miami Department of Counseling Psychology Professor Andrew Wenger, PhD has implemented a study on the impact and effectiveness of peer support groups for grieving children. Preliminary findings of this research were presented at the 2002 Annual Conference of the Association of Death Education and Counseling in Portland, Oregon. 6. Development of an On-Site Crisis Debriefing Team: In the case of critical incidents that impact a school community (such as a death or accident), this team works with the children, parents, and school staff to provide immediate support, debriefing and follow-up services.

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Population(s) Served

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Program 2

CBC Peer Support Groups

CBC provides peer support groups for children, kindergarten through young adult, to share their loss experience, whether recent or in years past with others who are grieving. Education and peer support groups are also provided for parents and caregivers enabling them to better understand the bereavement through the eyes of their children. Participants gain a better understanding of their own experience and learn to empathize with one another, contributing to self-esteem, trust, and hope in the future.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 3

Loss of Life Consultation & Support Team

When loss of life impacts a school community or workplace, this team works with those involved to develop an action plan and create an environment of healing and support.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 4

Referral and Information Resource

As the community resource for loss of life and bereavement support, CBC offers referral services, information, materials and professional consultation.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 5

CBC Training Institute

As the community resource for loss of life and bereavement support, The CBC developed the CBC Training Institute to provide customized education
and consultation services for professionals at schools, hospitals, hospices and healthcare agencies that result in enhanced staff skills and resources, and better services to their students, patient populations and communities served.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The CBC hopes expand in targeted fashion into identified areas locally in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, and later explore expansion into additional regions of Florida.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The CBC will gather data, evaluate community need for services, determine staffing needs, financial capacity and hire staff to support expansion.

    Explore additional revenue streams, including EAP (Employee Assistance Program) service, selling technical assistance, certification program, etc.

    The CBC model relies upon community partners (i.e. private school partner to provide group space, volunteers, site partner to provide Facilitators/Coordinator) to help replicate additional sites. Expansion is dependent on partners as well as funding to expand.

    Explore method to provide additional training days, including automation of training (use of webinars/YouTube)
    Hire additional trainers
    Create a certification program as a revenue source for organization
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The CBC has hired a new Development and Marketing Director to assist in accomplishing our goals. Our new Director will aid in acquiring additional funding and marketing all of our sites to promote brand-awareness of our name and mission throughout available media sources and social media.

  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The CBC will experience continued growth and will develop a national reputation, recognized as a top-tier child bereavement model.

    The CBC conducts ongoing research on how our program is doing. The CBC also conducts a participant satisfaction survey every year (on site and via anonymous email).
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The CBC has grown from serving eight children from five families in 1999 to over 1,300 participants last program year at four family peer support group sites and three adult peer support group sites.

    The CBC now offers professional training on loss and bereavement, referrals, and conducts ongoing research on how our program is doing.

    The CBC receives calls for referrals from all over the United States, but is not yet a nationally recognized name.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

The Children's Bereavement Center (CBC) is the most comprehensive bereavement service provider in the South Florida region. The CBC provides support groups throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Our community partnerships and program model enable us to address the diversity of our community through ease of access and multi-lingual services. The demographics of CBC participants reflect the cultural make up of our South Florida community.

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CHILDREN'S BEREAVEMENT CENTER, INC.
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

CHILDRENS BEREAVEMENT CENTER INC

Leadership

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CEO

Claude Grubair

Chief Operating Officer

Peter Willig

BIO

Claude Grubair is a senior administrator with demonstrated success in management roles within the independent school education industry. He has broad experience in marketing, budget and finance, strategic planning, fundraising, and human resources. He has a track record of achieving results through detailed process management, innovative thinking and the ability to motivate and build enthusiastic and productive teams.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jeffrey Lehrman Esq

Yagoda + Lehrman Law Firm

Term: July 2016 - June 2018

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?