Do you have a grieving child (5-12 yrs. old) who needs someone to talk to? RAINBOWS provides a healthy path toward healing for children who have experienced a life-altering crisis.
"Before RAINBOWS, the only one who listened to me was my teddy bear." - Six Year Old
"My daughter found the words to express her feelings." - Child's Mother
An international organization, RAINBOWS was started in Chicago 30 years ago. Since then more than two million children have participated in RAINBOWS programs in 49 of the United States and in 13 other countries from Australia to Austria, Scotland to Singapore.
NCJW is proud to collaborate with RAINBOWS, a national program.
The NCJW RAINBOWS project provides free peer support groups for children ages 5-12 who have suffered significant loss in their lives either through death, divorce, or other painful transitions. The aim of RAINBOWS is to implant in these grieving children a belief in their own goodness and the value of their family. The programs, while not counseling or therapy, offer grieving children the opportunity to heal by interacting with peers sharing similar experiences. Groups run for 10 weeks, meeting at the NCJW Center for Women, 70 South Orange Avenue, Suite 120, in Livingston.
Once a week for 60 minutes, the children meet in small age-appropriate groups to share an activity and discuss various topics in relation to the change in their family unit. Caring adult volunteers who have been trained as facilitators lead the RAINBOWS support groups. Confidentiality is stressed for the facilitators as well as the children. At the end of the ten-week session, the children and parents participate in a special "Celebrate Me" day.
The goal of the group is to assist the children in expressing and understanding their feelings, accepting what has happened, and to experience a sense of belonging and love. This is accomplished through peer support and adult nurturing and guidance, in a safe, secure, and confidential atmosphere.
Children may continue to participate in the program for three sessions as long as the participant, the parents and the facilitators feel it is beneficial.
RAINBOWS Parents Workshops:
Running simultaneously with the children's sessions, Rainbows offers educational programs for parents. Sample sessions include:
RAINBOWS is facilitated by trained volunteers. Click on the TRAINING tab for more information on how you can participate.