Kids at Heart

Kids at Heart, sponsored by the Children's Heart Center, offers parents, families and caregivers of kids with congenital heart defects a chance to come together and share their experiences.

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 at the State Capitol
  • Dad's Day Out
  • Fall festival
  • Kids at Heart Family Dinners
  • Greater Atlanta CHD Walk
  • Mom's Day Out
  • Parent's Night Out
  • Parenting Your Heart Child Conference
  • Teen Event

Kids at Heart Events Update

Out of an abundance of caution and in adherence to Children's safety guidelines, we have decided to cancel Kids at Heart events through the end of 2020. The safety of our patients, families and staff is our greatest priority, and we will continue to monitor the situation and plan accordingly.

Monthly Family Dinners

Kids at Heart Family Dinners are open to Kids at Heart members and patient families on the Cardiac Stepdown Unit or the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU). Through the monthly dinners, hospitalized cardiac patients and their family members are able to:

  • 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's first floor conference center, classroom 5, at 6:00 p.m. No RSVP is necessary.

Please note that the Kids at Heart Monthly Family Dinners are for cardiac patients and families only. For more information, email alison.mueller@choa.org or call 404-785-6109.

Always in My Heart

Always in My Heart is a Children's Healthcare of Atlanta program that offers support, fellowship and philanthropic opportunities for parents grieving the loss of a child due to a cardiac condition. We offer quarterly meetings, typically held on a Sunday, at the Children's Office Park. 

Register and learn more

Helpful Resources

Support Kids at Heart- Make a donation to Kids at Heart with a one-time or reoccurring gift, send a donation eCard, or make a Tribute gift.  To support our programs, designate your gift to Kids at Heart Cardiac Family Support.

Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program - Learn more about our multidisciplinary team, including cardiology, neuropsychology and rehabilitation therapy, and how we provide complete developmental care for children with heart conditions.

Kids at Heart events- Learn more about Kids at Heart events using our interactive event calendar, or download to print.

Event photos- Photography from each of our Kids at Heart events.

Feed the Heart- Learn about our Feed the Heart program, which provides meals to cardiac patients and families during their hospital stay.

Talking to kids and siblings about the heart- Includes tips and resources for talking to kids and siblings about the heart.

Facts about childhood heart disease- A resource for teachers and school nurses to help care for a child with a known heart condition.

Exercise and CHD- Learn more about how exercise relates to congenital heart defects.

Advice and life-long considerations for parents- A doctor's perspective for parents of children with heart disease.

Cognitive support in heart children- How to support cognitive development in heart children.

Heart-healthy eating- Healthy eating tips for busy families.

Listening between the lines-Parenting tips for children with CHD.

Financial resources and support programs- Information about financial assistance and support programs for families raising chronically ill children.

CHD and mental health- Information about how CHDs can affect a child's mental health

Heart Transplant- Learn about pediatric heart transplants and when they are needed.

Emotional support for families and children dealing with chronic illness- Learn how to manage the emotional impact of chronic illness