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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

April 19: Feed the Heart Dinner

  • Inpatient Families Only: 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.
  • Location: Heart Center
  • Event Time: 6:00 PM

April 21: New Mom Support Group

  • Inpatient Families Only: Supporting Post-Partum Heart Mothers in the Heart Center
  • Location: CACU Conference Room, Heart Center, 2nd floor
  • Event Time: 3:30 PM-4:30 PM

April 26: Heart Family Support Dinner

  • An opportunity for Heart Families to meet one another, offer comfort, and support.
  • Location: Classroom 5, First Floor, Egleston
  • Event Time: 6:00 PM-7:00 PM

April 30: Cardiac Sibling Support Day

  • Siblings (ages 7-17) are invited to join us for an exciting day designed just for them. Having a sibling diagnosed with CHD can be tough for brothers and sisters; this is a special event just for them to offer support, friendship, and fun!
  • Location: Sojourn Adventures, 9500 Medlock Bridge Rd, Johns Creek, GA 30097
  • Event Time: 11:30 AM-3:30 PM
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May 3: Feed the Heart Dinner

  • Inpatient Families Only: 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.
  • Location: Heart Center
  • Event Time: 6:00 PM

May 17: Feed the Heart Dinner

  • Inpatient Families Only: 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.
  • Location: Heart Center
  • Event Time: 6:00 PM

May 19: New Mom Support Group

  • Inpatient Families Only: Supporting Post-Partum Heart Mothers in the Heart Center
  • Location: CACU Conference Room, Heart Center, 2nd floor
  • Event Time: 3:30 PM-4:30 PM

May 24: Heart Family Support Dinner

  • An opportunity for Heart Families to meet one another, offer comfort and support.
  • Location: Classroom 5, First Floor, Egleston
  • Event Time: 6:00 PM-7:00 PM

May 29 - June 3: Camp Braveheart

  • It’s important that every child feel special, and a child with congenital or acquired heart defect is no different. At Camp Braveheart, we promote positive self-esteem with fun and learning. From team-building activities to individual support, this camp has something for everyone. We give every child the chance to experience camp, build friendships and make memories to last a lifetime. Visit Camp Braveheart to register and for more information.

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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