CHILDRENS BEREAVEMENT CENTER INC

Support for children, teens and adults after a loss

aka CBC   |   Miami, FL   |  www.childbereavement.org

Mission

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. CBC was founded in Miami in 1999 and is a research-based, multicultural, community organization providing FREE grief peer support groups for children (ages 4+), teens and adults throughout South Florida. CBC also provides grief training for educators, healthcare workers and community professionals while continuing grief research and providing grief resources for all.

Ruling year info

1999

CEO

Chira Cassel MAPP

Main address

6619 South Dixie Highway, #302

Miami, FL 33143 USA

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EIN

65-0918564

NTEE code info

Family Services (Adolescent Parents) (P45)

Citizen Participation (W24)

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Our programs

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

Peer Support Groups

The death of a family member or close loved one has well documented adverse effects on health and other life outcomes. However, it has been proven that social support is the number one factor in people’s adjustment after a loss, and peer support groups ensure that grievers do not feel alone, isolated, and as if they are the only one going through the loss of an important person.

CBC offers a year-round, evidence-based program that helps children, teens and adults heal and move forward with their lives after a significant death. CBC's bereavement support groups are available in ten locations across Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, as well as online. Groups are offered in English and Spanish, with the capacity for Haitian Creole as well. Separate groups associated with children's developmental levels (lower elementary, upper elementary, middle school and high school) ensure age-appropriate grief support.

CBC participants are ages 4+ and death may have been due to any cause – illness, accident, suicide or homicide. Participants are welcome to avail themselves of our weekly peer support groups for as long as they need, and they can always come back at a later time if issues resurface down the road. Groups are facilitated by Master’s level lead facilitators along with community volunteers who have been trained in CBC's Healthful Grieving Model.

Those families and individuals who participate in CBC’s bereavement peer support groups after a death learn the language to talk about and understand their grief, receive social support, reduce anxiety and stress, and are linked to additional mental health services if needed.



Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Family relationships
Ethnic and racial groups
Social and economic status

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.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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

Population(s) Served
Adults

As the community resource for loss of life and bereavement support, CBC has 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.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

American Psychological Association CEU Accredidation 2020

Awards

NOVO Nonprofit Award 2007

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

Affiliations & memberships

National Alliance for Grieving Children 2021

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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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.

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

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.

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.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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CHILDRENS BEREAVEMENT CENTER INC

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Janine Roth


Board co-chair

Linda Frazier

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/3/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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