About Kids Without Moms
In its report entitled America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2012, (page 12, table 4), the U.S. Census Department states that there are about 2.0 MM children under 18 living without a mother in the household.
In 2011 my then five-year-old son lost his mother to cancer. At the time, my son started treatments with a child psychologist before his mother passed, to prepare him for the possibility her cancer treatments would not be successful. After she passed, my son continued seeing his therapist for a couple of months until it was decided Tiagan was properly dealing with the loss.
I remember thinking at the time that the worst was over for Tiagan. Little did I know that grieving the loss of a parent is a lifelong process. As the child grows and develops into adolescence and adulthood, their awareness of their loss only heightens with age. This increased awareness must be accompanied with similarly enhanced capabilities or the imbalance can lead to long term unresolved issues well into adulthood.
Kids Without Moms, Inc. is a 501C (3) founded in 2015 at the suggestion of my now nine-year-old son. His experiences with classmates as the only student without a mother taught us that there is a real need for support and education for kids who have lost their mothers.
Much has been written about kids who have lost their fathers. To be sure, this too is a large problem impacting a child’s chances for success in life. Surprisingly, (at least for us) very little has been studied or written about the long term impact of the loss of a mother.
Kids Without Moms, Inc. (KWM) was founded to attempt to address this need. KWM has as its mission to educate through self-funded research and the distribution of existing sources, meaningful information that will help dads, grandparents and anyone else who is trying to help a child deal with the loss of a mother.
In addition to hopefully being a source of useful information, KWM will provide free support services including “Group Hangout Sessions” that are professionally moderated online groups for kids of similar age, and when appropriate, the same sex. The KWM Hangouts are safe places to share feelings and learn they are not alone. Further, KWM has developed a “Sometimes Mom” program wherein we match women with “excess maternal bandwidth” to families that would appreciate emotional support, advice, and sometimes just a sympathetic ear.
The Sometimes Mom program is online only.
Our goal is to support kids and their dads (or other caretakers) in their quest to fill the void left by the loss of a mother.
We appreciate all the support we have received this far in the first steps of our journey and welcome you to join us.
Mark & Tiagan