Often children are the most vulnerable participants in the community when dealing with loss and grief. From its inception in 2001, Kids Count Too! Inc. has been an all-volunteer collaborative effort of several hospices, mortuaries, and social agencies in the Magic Valley who recognized the need for children to have the opportunity to discuss and explore their grieving. They seldom react in the same way as adults and their behaviors are not always clearly understood by adults.
The mission of Kids Count Too, Inc. is to provide opportunities for children, ages 6-17 to safely explore thoughts and feelings related to their bereavement and to acquire skills that will assist them in moving through their grief. When children come to an understanding that they are not alone or unusual, and have peers who are experiencing similar thoughts and feelings of grief, the bereavement journey to a more healthy perspective is given hope.
Kids Count Too! Inc. has developed events and programs over the years to provide a variety of experiences not only for the kids (since 2007 over 350 kids have participated) but also for parents or guardians and other adults and professionals who provide bereavement support for the community.
Kids Count Too! is a 501c3 that is dedicated in helping families cope with the loss of a loved one. We deal primarily with the children, however the entire family is important in the endeavor of healing a child's grieving heart. We have day camps and special events as well as a yearly overnight camp that helps the child find out that they are not alone. They meet and learn with other children and our volunteers.
Our volunteers have background checks and drug testing. Your child safety is our first concern. Our staff has many certified counselors and many volunteers have degrees in dealing with grief and children. We want the families to be involved and look forward to you talking to us to see how we can help. ALL OF OUR SERVICES ARE FREE! Including a conference we have once a year with speakers and educational programs.