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Our Mission&To provide counseling, support, information and advocacy to families when there has been a diagnosis of cancer or other diseases that may impact vision.

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When a family first learns that their child has a serious diagnosis, it is a devastating experience. Emotions take over - confusion, shock, a feeling of hopelessness, fear, depression and profound sadness are common reactions.

Skilled professional counseling during these times makes all the difference. Families can and do, pick up the pieces but few have the emotional resources to navigate this unexpected life altering experience alone.


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Since 1987, Institute for Families has offered counseling and support to families who are facing the devastating diagnosis of cancer or other diseases that may impact vision in their child. Institute for Families is there for every member of the family during the many difficult days, weeks and months of treatment.

Through multilingual consultation and family therapy, we provide skilled professional assistance to enable a family to cope with the news that their child has a serious diagnosis. Families in crisis need information and many times do not know where to find it. We publish journal articles, books, videos, newsletters and training materials all designed to provide easy to understand suggestions and coping strategies.

In addition to helping families, Institute for Families provides in-service training programs for physicians, medical students and other healthcare professionals. Our goal is to enhance their understanding of the issues affecting families and to improve their communication with patients in need of emotional support.

Institute for Families is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All of our services are provided at no cost to families and professionals, with funding provided by private donations. No federal funding is given.