What Is the Kids at Heart Program?

Having a child or sibling with a congenital heart defect (CHD) can be difficult for parents, caregivers and families. At Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, we offer our heart families a chance to come together with other families and share similar experiences through our Kids at Heart Program community.

The Kids at Heart Program is a support program for parents, caregivers and families of patients with CHDs who are treated at Children's. In 2022, the Kids at Heart Program is sponsored by Chick-fil-A Atlanta and other gracious donors, and offers social, emotional, and educational support programs to help our heart families inside and outside of the hospital setting.

Events for heart families

From mentor programs to family outings, we provide social, educational and support opportunities to families year-round, including:

  • Annual holiday party
  • Camp Braveheart
  • Cardiac Siblings Day
  • Cardiac Teen Retreat
  • CHD Awareness Week celebration
  • CHD Awareness Week event at the Georgia State Capitol
  • Dad's Day Out
  • Fall Festival
  • Family Support Dinner
  • Greater Atlanta CHD Walk
  • Mom's Day Out
  • Parents Night Out
  • Parenting Your Heart Child Conference
  • New Mom’s Support Groups
  • Chick Fil A Family Events

Please find monthly events below.

Online support

After you register for the Kids at Heart Program, you will receive a monthly e-newsletter, a link to join our private Facebook group. If you are unable to attend our in-person event, our Facebook group is a great way to meet and connect with other heart families.

Family support dinners

Kids at Heart Program members and patient families in the Cardiac Acute Care Unit (CACU) and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at Children's are welcome to attend the monthly Kids at Heart Family Support Dinner. During these dinners, hospitalized cardiac patients and their families can:

  • Connect with other families who have faced similar situations.
  • Learn about helpful resources and information through a brief presentation.
  • Enjoy dinner with the group, provided free of charge.

The dinners are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise indicated, at Egleston Hospital in the First Floor Conference Center, Classroom 5, at 6 p.m. To RSVP, please email

Note: The Kids at Heart Family Dinner is for heart patients and families only. For more information, email or call 404-785-6109.

Read our Kids at Heart patient stories

Kids at Heart is proudly supported by Chick-fil-A Atlanta.

Monthly Events

All event dates are subject to change. Information about all events and opportunities will be posted on all Heart Center units, posted in the Kids at Heart FB group and sent in a newsletter.

Feed the Heart Dinners

  • Tuesdays, meals delivered to rooms between 5:15 to 6:30pm
  • Inpatient families

Family Support Dinners

  • Every Fourth Tuesday, January – October, 6:00pm, Classroom 5, Egleston
  • Inpatient and outpatient families

New Mom Support Group

  • Every Fourth or Fifth Thursday, 3:00pm, Egleston


  • Jan. 23: Family Support Dinner – Learn about Camp Braveheart


  • Feb. 7: CHD Awareness Day at Georgia State Capitol
  • Feb. 7-14: CHD Awareness Week – Spirit Week
  • Feb. 8: CHD Awareness at Hudson Grace – Westside Provisions
  • Feb. 13: Story time with CT Surgeons, Family Support Dinner


  • March 2: CHD Awareness Celebration Event – Zoo Atlanta
  • March 26: Family Support Dinner


  • April 23: Family Support Dinner


  • May 4 or 5: Siblings Support Day
  • May 26–31: Camp Braveheart
  • May 28: Family Support Dinner


  • June 8 or 29: Dad’s and Kids Day Out
  • June 25: Family Support Dinner


  • July 20 or 27: Parent’s Night Out
  • July 23: Family Support Dinner


  • Aug. 27: Family Support Dinner


  • Sep. 28: Fall Festival


  • Oct. 19: Mom’s Support Day
  • Oct. 26–27: Teen Retreat


  • Nov. 2: Parenting Heart Child Conference


  • Dec. 7 or 14: Holiday Gathering

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