At Angel Foundation, we know parenting through cancer is hard, but we are here to help you discuss your diagnosis and treatment with your children. Angel Foundation guidebooks and resources provide accurate, developmentally appropriate information to share with your children.


Talking to children about your diagnosis can be difficult, but it is important to keep communication channels open. Our Family Guidebooks are here to help get the conversation started. Filled with self-care and coping information, plus tips for talking to children of all ages, our guidebooks will help you and your family manage the cancer diagnosis at home.  Click the links below to download an age-specific guidebook. Contact us or call (612) 627-9000 ext. 509 you would like a copy mailed to you.

Parent Guidebook
Una guía para educar a sus hijos a pesar del cáncer

Phau Ntawv Pab Qhia Ua Ib Leej Niam, Leej Txiv thaum Koj Muaj Cancer


Teen Guidebook
Una guía de ayuda para adolescentes cuando tu padre/madre tiene cáncer  

Phau Ntawv Qhia Txhawb Cov Tub Ntxhais Hluas Thaum Koj Niam, Koj Txiv Muaj Tus Kab Mob Cancer


Pre-Teen Guidebook
Una guía de ayuda para preadolescentes cuando tu padre/madre tiene cáncer

Phau Ntawv Qhia Txhawb Cov Tub Ntxhais Nyum Qhuav Tiav Hluas Tham Koj Niam, Koj Txiv Muaj Tus Kab Mob Cancer


Children’s Guidebook
Una guía de ayuda para niños cuando tu padre/madre tiene cáncer

Phau Ntawv Qhia Txhawb Cov Me Nyuam Thaum Koj Niam, Koj Txiv Muaj Tus Kab Mob Cancer


Sometimes questions will come up for which you don’t have an answer. That is okay, we are here to help! The resource links below will help with specific questions, or you can contact our office for one-on-one support. Contact us  (612) 627-9000 ext. 509 to discuss your family’s needs.

How to tell your child you have cancer
Age-appropriate tips and tools
Basic definitions of cancer and its treatment
Prepare your child for upcoming surgery


AngelPacks are free backpacks that are filled with helpful tools to help families discuss cancer in an age-appropriate and comforting way. They are available to children, preteens, and teens who have a parent or loved one who has been diagnosed with cancer and is living in or being treated in the eleven-county metro area of MN. AngelPacks are meant to assure families impacted by cancer that they are not alone. If you would like to receive AngelPacks for children in your family, please complete this AngelPack Form. If you cannot complete the online form, you may ask your healthcare team or contact us at 612-627-9000 ext. 517.

After talking with your child about a cancer diagnosis, books are a helpful way to follow up that discussion. Books can help answer questions, let the reader explore feelings, and clear up any possible misconceptions.




  • Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings, by Ellen McVicker
  • Still Me, by Rebecca DuBois
  • When Someone You Love Has Cancer: A Guide to Helping Kids Cope, by Alaric Lewis

Separation anxiety:

  • I’m Here, by Peter H. Reynolds
  • The Invisible String, by Patrice Karst



  • Love Sick: Teens Reflect on Growing Up with a Parent Who Has Cancer, by Lynnette Wilhard
  • My Parent has Cancer and it Really Sucks, by Maya Silver and Marc Silver
  • Reflections – Teen Thoughts on Having a Parent With Cancer, by Katie Jecha



Parenting through a diagnosis:

  • Can I Still Kiss You? Answering Your Children’s Questions About Cancer, by Neil Russell
  • Camp Chemo: Postcards home from metastatic breast cancer, by Camille Scheel
  • How to Help Children through a Parent’s Serious Illness, by Kathleen McCue
  • When a Parent has Cancer: A Guide to Caring for Your Children, by Wendy Harpham


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