Julia’s Kids Incorporated was established in 2015 by Yolande McCray in tribute to Julia Bennett. Julia, a mother of 3, died of an accidental gunshot wound at the age of 33. Before the accident, Julia was a surgical technician who worked with Yolande in the Labor and Delivery department. At the untimely death in 2011, Yolande forged a relationship with Julia’s family, mentoring her two daughters and keeping close contact with her son. The reality of the loss was not immediate for the girls. We did not seek any type of counseling after Julia’s death. After years of denial and resistance, we sought help. This reality, which mimics many situations today, inspired Yolande to make grief counseling accessible for any child who has lost a parent or caregiver.
In the years that followed, Julia’s Kids has explored an array of Healthy Healing concepts to give children and young adults a way to express themselves and cope after a loss.
Founder and CEO
My grandfather always told me that love was the most important thing in life. The care and compassion that drives me to help people is embedded in my DNA. As a medical professional, I have always had a “how can I help” personality with a determination to help others feel loved, be happy and succeed in life.
Grief is NOT a disorder, a disease or sign of weakness. It is an emotional , physical and spirtual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to GRIEVE.
Julia’s Kids Incorporated is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides grief therapy through a Healthy Healing Series that consists of Art, Music and Pet Therapy, Exercise/Yoga and Traditional Group sessions with Journaling for children who have lost a caregiver due to death, incarceration or permanent separation. Preparation of custom life binders assist to keep individuals and families organized during one of life’s most difficult times. The series is available for children and young adults ages 5 – 18. Through the sessions, it is our hope that the participants will learn helpful coping methods and maintain healthy, well-balanced lives.
Custom Life BindersThese personalized binders will house important documents such as birth certificates, passports, life insurance policies and beneficiaries. As changes in life occur the binder can be updated to reflect the change.
Grief CounselingMonthly group sessions are available for children who suffer a loss due to a life altering crisis. Approximately 1.2 million children will experience the loss of a parent due to death before the age of 15.
Healthy Healing Series• Art Therapy
• Music Therapy
• Pet Therapy
• Traditional Group Counseling with Journaling
• Youth Summit
• Mother’s Day Event
• Father’s Day Event
• Annual Kickball Tournament
JULIA'S KIDS ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Education holds the power to transform lives,
families & whole communities.
Julia’s Kids is proud to offer a scholarship to a graduating high school senior who has lost a parent. To qualify for the award, students must meet the following requirements:
- Have lost a parent to death, permanent incarceration or separation
- Prove acceptance into a qualifying vocational, 2 or 4 year college/university
- GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Complete 500-750 word essay (topic will be provided)
- Applications accepted March 18 – April 30 each year
- Open to all Miami-Dade and Broward county graduating seniors regardless of age, race or gender
- 1 teacher recommendation
Applications are available by sending an e-mail using the contact feature below. Insert the word ‘Scholarship’ in the subject heading. For more information contact 954-800-3953.
Ways to Help
Make a DonationJulia’s Kids needs your help to sustain and expand our services. All services are free to participating families. Our program is completely reliant on contributions from individuals, businesses, clubs, organizations, and foundations.
Any amount is appreciated. You may make a secure donation online, via our PayPal account or cash app $JuliasKidsInc.
VolunteerGreat volunteers are the heart of any service organization and Julia’s Kids needs you. You can show your support of Julia’s Kids by volunteering and/or attending any of our fundraisers or awareness building events. Community service hours are available for students who give their time as volunteers.
Spread the WordEverything you do from volunteering to donating is very much appreciated by Julia’s Kids. Spreading the word to your family and friends will bring us closer to providing our services to every family that wishes to utilize them. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat and share our site with your friends!!!
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Julia’s Kids needs your help to sustain and expand our services. All services are free to participating families. Our program is completely reliant on contributions from individuals, businesses, clubs, organizations, and foundations.