About Julia's Kids
Julia’s Kids was established in 2015 by Yolande McCray and Jennifer Adelson 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 time of her death in 2011, Julia did not have a last will and testament that documented her wishes and arrangements for the continued care of her children. Additionally, important documents were not stored in a primary location accessible to caregivers to obtain benefits for the children. This reality inspired Yolande to forge a close relationship with the children in an attempt to nurture and help them regain a sense of normalcy in their lives.
In the years that followed, it was discovered that the children had not received grief counseling. Today “Julia’s Kids” are happy and thriving but agree that they could have benefited from an open-ended peer support group that helps children cope with the passing of a parent.
The mission of Julia’s Kids is to educate, empower, and assist individuals and families prepare for their future.
Photos of Julia and her 3 Children
Friends since the 5th grade, this powerhouse duo has always had a hand in community service projects. Their innate response to help others in need is something that has resonated and flourished into this not for profit organization.
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. I have always had a “how can I help” personality with a determination to help others feel loved, be happy and succeed in life.
Affectionately known as the “Kid Whisperer”, I’ve always held the care and well-being of children and families very close to my heart. The beauty in this project is knowing that people trust me to be genuine in everything that I set out to do. Selfless giving is possibly the best feeling that a person can have and I get to feel this way everyday.
No matter what the work you are doing, be always ready to drop it. And plan it, so as to be able to leave it.
Julia’s Kids, a 501(c)(3)organization, provides free proactive life planning options for individuals and families. Preparation of custom life binders, living wills, and last will and testaments assist to keep individuals and families organized and prepared. Accordingly, free grief counseling support groups are available for children and young adults that have suffered the loss of a loved one. Through the sessions, it is our hope that these children can 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.
Living WillsPreparation of living wills (also called advance directives) will allow for the individual to state their wishes for end-of-life medical care, in case they become unable to communicate their decisions.
Preparation of a Last Will and Testament provides individuals with a legal document that dictates what happens to your possessions and assets once you pass away.
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.
JULIA'S KIDS ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Education holds the power to transform lives,
families & whole communities.
Julia’s Kids is proud to offer a new scholarship program to a graduating high school senior who has lost a parent. The Julia Bennett Award will offer financial assistance to a deserving student by providing them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.
To qualify for the award, students must meet the following requirements:
- Have lost a parent
- 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 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 need your help to sustain and expand our services. Your donation will ensure that children and their families continue to benefit from the free services we provide.
Any amount is appreciated. You may make a secure donation online, via our PayPal account.
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 and share our site with your friends!!!
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Julia’s Kids needs your help to sustain and expand our services. Julia’s Kids’ services are free to all participating families. Our program is completely reliant on contributions from individuals, businesses, clubs, organizations, and foundations.