Adam’s Place Teddy Bear drive for children in need of comfort

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Adam’s Place announced National Children’s Grief Awareness month throughout November with a Teddy Bear drive and scholarship fundraiser to benefit their coping skills program.

Death can be hard for adults to cope with, but it’s especially difficult for kids. Adam’s Place is a local organization that provides comfort and support to children who lost a loved one.

When children participate in the Children’s Coping Skills program, they have their own backpacks filled with healthy coping tools and a new Teddy Bear.

Even after the event is over, Teddy Bears may be dropped off at the following locations throughout November: Adam’s Place, Sierra Air Conditioning & Heating, Jaguar Land Rover, AMS, LV Pharmacy and eight LienRx Pharmacies.

“Our programs are focused on coping and communications skills education. Our goal is to help participants gain skills, decrease isolation and stigma by increasing self-esteem and self-reliance. Adam’s Place exists thanks to support from our community businesses, private donations and our volunteers. Whether you choose to sponsor one child or two, or a whole classroom, your donation will help cover costs of materials, art supplies, snacks and peer activities,” said Kelly Thomas-Boyers, executive director of Adam’s Place.

Adam’s Place is a Las Vegas 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible. For more information, visit the Adam’s Place website here.

Adam’s Place Announces New Child Life Specialist

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Adam’s Place Announces New Child Life Specialist

LAS VEGAS – Adam’s Place, a nonprofit organization that provides support for children and families experiencing loss announces hiring Jacquelyn MacLeod as their new Child Life Specialist.

As Certified Child Life Specialist, MacLeod is responsible for helping infants, children, youth and families cope with the stress and uncertainty of acute and chronic illness, injury, trauma, disability, loss and bereavement. She provides evidence-based developmentally and psychologically appropriate interventions including therapeutic play, preparation for procedures, and education to reduce fear, anxiety and pain.

Providing support for children and families experiencing loss in our community is vital.
“Integrating the expertise of a child life specialist, as a paid consultant will allow Adam’s Place to strengthen and expand developmentally appropriate programming for children who are grieving. We’re delighted to have Jacquelyn MacLeod as our new staff member,” said Kelly Thomas-Boyers, Founder and Executive Director for Adam’s Place.

MacLeod received her Child Life Certification in 2008. With over a decade of healthcare experience, she has provided psychosocial care for the general pediatric population specializing in pediatric trauma, emergency care, pediatric intensive care and pediatric oncology. MacLeod is currently employed at Summerlin Hospital where she continues to provide patient care in addition to assuming leadership responsibilities for the child life team.

MacLeod volunteered her time and talents at Adam’s Place beginning in 2014 as a peer group facilitator. She has maintained continued involvement with Adam’s Place assisting with the development of peer group activity plans and new facilitator training.

ABOUT ADAM’S PLACE: Founded in 2009 by Kelly Thomas-Boyers, Adam’s Place was established in memory of Adam Gregory Thomas to provide a safe and confidential peer support group setting for children, teens and families experiencing the loss of a loved one. Adam’s Place has served more than 2000 families. Adam’s Place is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located 2820 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 40., Las Vegas, NV 89102, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn and by phone: 702-202-3891

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