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We are pleased to announce that as of October 2022, Sibley Heart Center Cardiology is now named Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Cardiology. You can expect the same specialized, high-quality care for your child, now with a new name.

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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 kidsatheart@choa.org.

Note: The Kids at Heart Family Dinner is for heart patients and families only. For more information, email alison.mueller@choa.org 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

September

Feed the Heart Dinner – September 6th

  • The Feed the Heart program provides meals, snacks and drinks for Heart Center patient families during hospital stays so they don't have to worry about food and can focus on caring for their children. Tuesday nights, Meals will be brought to your patient room or left at unit secretary’s desk. Inpatient families only.
  • Heart Center
  • 6:00 PM

Hamilton Mill/Dacula Chick-fil-A Heart Family Night Out – September 10th

  • Join Chick Fil A at Hamilton Mill or Dacula for a special night just for heart families. You'll have a chance to meet one another, and Chick-fil-A will be providing activities, giveaways and special treats. Dinner will not be provided.
  • 2635 Hamilton Mill Rd, Buford GA or 545 Dacula Rd, Dacula ,GA
  • 6:00 PM

Feed the Heart Dinner – September 13th

  • The Feed the Heart program provides meals, snacks and drinks for Heart Center patient families during hospital stays so they don't have to worry about food and can focus on caring for their children. Tuesday nights, Meals will be brought to your patient room or left at unit secretary’s desk. Inpatient families only.
  • Heart Center
  • 6:00 PM

New Mom Support Group -September 15th

  • Supporting Post-Partum Heart Mothers in the Heart Center – Inpatient families only
  • CACU Conference Room, Heart Center, 2nd floor
  • 3:30-4:30 PM

Feed the Heart Dinner – September 20th

  • The Feed the Heart program provides meals, snacks and drinks for Heart Center patient families during hospital stays so they don't have to worry about food and can focus on caring for their children. Tuesday nights, Meals will be brought to your patient room or left at unit secretary’s desk. Inpatient families only.
  • Heart Center
  • 6:00 PM

Heart Family Support Dinner – September 27

  • An opportunity for Heart Families to meet one another, offer comfort & support.
  • Classroom 5, First Floor, Egleston – Open to all Kids at Heart and inpatient families.
  • 6:00-7:30 PM

October

Feed the Heart Dinner – October 4th

  • The Feed the Heart program provides meals, snacks and drinks for Heart Center patient families during hospital stays so they don't have to worry about food and can focus on caring for their children. Tuesday nights, Meals will be brought to your patient room or left at unit secretary’s desk. Inpatient families only.
  • Heart Center
  • 6:00 PM

Heart Moms Support Day – October 9th

  • A day just for the Mom’s of Heart Warriors! Join us for support, fellowship, dessert & a candle making class!
  • Greenfield Farm, Cumming, GA
  • 2:00-5:00 PM

Feed the Heart Dinner – October 11th

  • The Feed the Heart program provides meals, snacks and drinks for Heart Center patient families during hospital stays so they don't have to worry about food and can focus on caring for their children. Tuesday nights, Meals will be brought to your patient room or left at unit secretary’s desk. Inpatient families only.
  • Heart Center
  • 6:00 PM

2022 Atlanta Congenital Heart Walk – October 16th

  • The Congenital Heart Walk includes family-friendly activities, games, music, entertainment, refreshments, peace and remembrance, research remarks, acknowledgements, and our Walk! Join as we gather to support The Children's Heart Foundation's mission of funding the most promising congenital heart defect research.
  • Coolray Field / 2500 Buford Drive, Lawrenceville, GA
  • 9:00 AM

Feed the Heart Dinner – October 18th

  • The Feed the Heart program provides meals, snacks and drinks for Heart Center patient families during hospital stays so they don't have to worry about food and can focus on caring for their children. Tuesday nights, Meals will be brought to your patient room or left at unit secretary’s desk. Inpatient families only.
  • Heart Center
  • 6:00 PM

New Mom Support Group -October 20th

  • Supporting Post-Partum Heart Mothers in the Heart Center – Inpatient families only
  • CACU Conference Room, Heart Center, 2nd floor
  • 3:30-4:30 PM

Heart Family Support Dinner – October 25th

  • An opportunity for Heart Families to meet one another, offer comfort & support.
  • Classroom 5, First Floor, Egleston – Open to all Kids at Heart and inpatient families.
  • 6:00-7:30 PM

For more information on any of these events, please email kidsatheart@choa.org.

Support our families

We aim to make patients and their families feel at home during their stay at the Heart Center. From meals to educational resources, we are able to provide support to patients and families because of our donors.

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