Support for children, teens, and adults after a loss

aka CBC   |   Miami, FL   |
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EIN: 65-0918564


Children's Bereavement Center's mission is to empower children, young adults, and their families to adjust to life after the loss of a loved one within a supportive community of their peers and to promote healthful grief, healing, and growth. CBC was founded in Miami in 1999 and is a research-based, multicultural, community organization providing FREE grief peer support groups for children (ages 4+), teens, and adults throughout South Florida. CBC also provides grief training for educators, healthcare workers, and community professionals while continuing grief research and providing grief resources for all.

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Debra Albo-Steiger LCSW

Main address

6619 South Dixie Highway, #302

Miami, FL 33143 USA

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Subject area info

Continuing education




Community mental health care

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Population served info

Children and youth


Family relationships


NTEE code info

Family Services (Adolescent Parents) (P45)

Citizen Participation (W24)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In the state of Florida, 1 in 12 children will experience the death of a parent or sibling before they reach adulthood (JAG Institute). The death of a parent is considered an ACE, however, resiliency-building practices such as participating in a Bereavement Peer Support Group can help children and adults counteract the trauma of loss. With appropriate grief support, post-traumatic growth and flourishing are possible for individuals who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Peer Support Groups

The death of a family member or close loved one has well documented adverse effects on health and other life outcomes. However, it has been proven that social support is the number one factor in people’s adjustment after a loss, and peer support groups ensure that grievers do not feel alone, isolated, and as if they are the only ones going through the loss of an important person. CBC offers year-round, evidence-based programs that help children, teens, and adults heal and move forward with their lives after a significant death. Our bereavement support groups are held virtually and offered in English and Spanish, with the capacity for Haitian Creole as well. Separate groups associated with children's developmental levels (lower elementary, upper elementary, middle school and high school) ensure age-appropriate grief support. Groups are facilitated by Master’s level lead facilitators along with community volunteers who have been trained in CBC's Healthful Grieving Model.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Family relationships
Ethnic and racial groups
Social and economic status

The program provides a grief-informed training series to professionals in the community who are on the frontlines of grief support. When loss of life impacts a school community or workplace, staff who have been trained in this model are able to use the skills learned to provide support to those impacted by the loss. Additionally, the staff are able to consult with CBC's Programming Team to create an environment of healing and support. As the community resource for loss of life and bereavement support, CBC has developed the CBC Training Institute to provide customized education and consultation services for professionals at schools, hospitals, hospices and healthcare agencies that result in enhanced staff skills and resources, and better services to their students, patient populations, and communities served.

Population(s) Served

As the community resource for loss of life and bereavement support, CBC offers referral services, information, grief support resources & materials and professional consultation.

Population(s) Served

CBC partners with local organizations after a large-scale loss such as the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida in 2018 or the tragic building collapse in Surfside, Florida in 2021 to bring resources to the community members impacted by the loss and provide long term grief support. This including speaking with leadership at the forefront of the crisis to provide guidance, offering resources including the immediate registration into grief support groups, and providing ongoing CBC-in-the Community activities even years after the tragedy to provide ongoing support.

Population(s) Served

CBC provides in-person programming to the general public through our community partners that brings Outreach Coordinators into the community to provide grief support activities and resources in a relaxed environment. The premise of this program is grounded in community partnerships and providing a continuum of care for individuals in the community who are in need of grief support and who may or may not be ready to register for a grief support group. This includes art and music activities and providing information on how to register for grief support groups if and when the participant is willing to join.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

CBC provides in-person and virtual programming to the general public that incorporates the framework of CBC groups and its activities in a relaxed environment. The premise of this program is grounded in community partnerships and providing a continuum of care for individuals in the community who are in need of support.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work


NOVO Nonprofit Award 2007

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

Affiliations & memberships

National Alliance for Grieving Children 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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CBC provides compassionate support and care to children, teens, and adults experiencing grief and loss. Our organization is dedicated to offering grief support, promoting resilience, building community connections, and educating others. Our goal is to create a safe and nurturing environment where individuals can express their grief, share their stories, and receive empathetic support. We aim to provide a range of support services tailored to meet the diverse needs of grieving individuals, promoting healing and emotional well-being. We also strive to empower individuals to navigate the grief process and develop resilience. Our goal is to equip them with healthy coping mechanisms, tools, and resources to manage their grief and adjust to life after loss. By fostering resilience, we aim to help individuals find hope, strength, and the ability to navigate through life after their loss. CBC also aims to foster connections and a sense of belonging among individuals experiencing grief. Through our support groups and community engagement, we strive to create a supportive network and continuum of care where individuals can connect with others who have experienced similar losses, reducing feelings of isolation and promoting a sense of community. We are also dedicated to raising awareness about the impact of grief and loss on individuals and families. We aim to educate the community, schools, healthcare professionals, and other stakeholders about the importance of addressing grief in a compassionate and supportive manner. By promoting understanding and empathy, we seek to create a more supportive and inclusive society for grieving individuals.
Lastly, we are committed to advocating for improved access to quality grief support services and increased mental health resources. Our goal is to influence systems to ensure that individuals experiencing grief receive the support they need. We advocate for the inclusion of grief education and collaborate with community leaders to promote grief resources for all.

Offering year-round, free, evidence-based programming to over 800 participants annually, we employ our vision to restore a sense of hope for the future to children, teens, and adults who have lost a loved one through our multifaceted approach to addressing grief and loss. Our peer grief support groups help children, teens, and adults heal and navigate through life after they have experienced a significant loss. They are free of cost and offer a supportive environment for individuals to share their experiences and emotions with others, while simultaneously receiving comfort and validation from their peers who have similarly experienced a loss.

We have also expanded our community's capacity to provide grief support to individuals by providing trauma-informed training, customized education, and consultation services for professionals at hospitals, hospices, healthcare agencies, and schools. Our CBC Training Institute offers a four-part training series for agencies and providers titled, “Support, Strategies, and Self-Care for Providers Working with Individuals Impacted by Loss and Grief,” which focuses on the ways in which death can affect individuals across the lifespan.

We also work diligently to work with partner agencies in the community to bring programming to their participants. Our outreach coordinators travel throughout South Florida to establish and deepen connections with clergy, schools, medical providers, non-profits, and others to discuss the impact of loss and grief and how to link families to our free-of-charge resources after a death. The outreach coordinators facilitate weekly presentations to community organizations across South Florida focusing on CBC’s bereavement services and how to access our current online groups for youth ages four and up.

Lastly, we believe in constantly shifting our program offerings to respond to the pressing needs in our community. We continue to tailor our support groups, trainings, and community engagement pieces to support pressing needs.

We have developed a comprehensive set of capabilities to effectively meet our goals of providing support and care to children, teens, and adults experiencing grief and loss.

1. Expertise in Grief Support: Our programming team consists of mental health professionals with specialized training and expertise in grief counseling. They have a deep understanding of the complexities of grief and employ evidence-based therapeutic techniques to support individuals in their healing journey.

2. Tailored Support Groups: We offer a range of age-appropriate grief support groups, specifically designed to meet the unique needs of children, adolescents, and adults. These groups provide a safe and nurturing space for individuals to share their similar experiences, express their emotions, and connect with others who have faced similar losses.

3. Therapeutic Modalities: We incorporate various therapeutic modalities, such as art therapy, play therapy, storytelling, and expressive activities, to help children and adolescents explore their feelings, develop coping skills, and find healing through creative outlets.

4. Specialized Programs: We have developed specialized programs to address specific needs within the bereavement community, such as support groups for parents and couples who have experienced the loss of a child. These programs focus on helping individuals process their grief, strengthen relationships, and find hope amidst their pain.

5. Community Outreach and Education: We actively engage in community outreach efforts by providing educational resources to schools, community organizations, and professionals working with grieving children and families. By increasing awareness and understanding of grief-related issues, we strive to create a more compassionate and supportive community for those in need.

6. Advocacy and Collaboration: We advocate for the normalization of grief and the importance of quality long-term grief care. By collaborating with healthcare professionals and the broader community, we work towards ensuring that individuals experiencing grief have access to the necessary support and resources.

7. Continuous Improvement and Expansion: We continuously assess our programs and services to ensure their effectiveness and relevance. We actively seek feedback from participants and implement improvements based on their input. We also expand our offerings to address emerging needs, such as launching additional support groups tailored to specific types of loss.

The CBC has grown from serving eight children from five families in 1999 to over 1,300 participants last program year at four family peer support group sites and three adult peer support group sites.

The CBC now offers professional training on loss and bereavement, referrals, and conducts ongoing research on how our program is doing.

The CBC receives calls for referrals from all over the United States, but is not yet a nationally recognized name.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2022 CBC Audit for Year Ended 6-30-2022 2020 Financial Audit
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Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

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Average of 22.23 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

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Average of 13.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

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Average of 13% over 10 years

Funding sources info

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Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of CHILDRENS BEREAVEMENT CENTER INC’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$72,178 $106,167 -$19,673 $325,705 $215,668
As % of expenses -9.6% 13.0% -2.3% 38.1% 23.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$72,826 $106,167 -$19,673 $325,705 $215,668
As % of expenses -9.7% 13.0% -2.3% 38.1% 23.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $681,338 $925,503 $832,995 $1,180,365 $1,134,280
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.8% 35.8% -10.0% 41.7% -3.9%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.4% 0.9% 0.2% 3.7% -2.3%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 81.0% 84.7% 85.2% 72.6% 87.3%
Other revenue 17.6% 14.4% 14.5% 23.7% 15.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $753,516 $819,336 $852,668 $854,660 $918,612
Total expenses, % change over prior year -9.6% 8.7% 4.1% 0.2% 7.5%
Personnel 71.9% 68.3% 61.0% 57.9% 56.5%
Professional fees 5.2% 14.2% 24.7% 31.6% 33.5%
Occupancy 4.9% 4.6% 4.2% 0.4% 1.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 18.1% 12.9% 10.2% 10.1% 8.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $754,164 $819,336 $852,668 $854,660 $918,612
One month of savings $62,793 $68,278 $71,056 $71,222 $76,551
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $92,345 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $816,957 $887,614 $923,724 $1,018,227 $995,163

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 10.3 10.9 10.8 15.7 15.2
Months of cash and investments 12.2 12.7 13.6 19.2 18.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 11.3 11.9 11.2 15.7 17.4
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $643,850 $745,926 $764,377 $1,117,760 $1,161,847
Investments $119,255 $122,929 $202,220 $251,234 $224,848
Receivables $0 $0 $15,000 $5,075 $51,000
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $26,185 $26,185 $26,185 $9,998 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 7.4% 6.4% 19.4% 18.6% 7.3%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $706,772 $812,939 $793,266 $1,118,971 $1,334,639

Key data checks

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Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Debra Albo-Steiger LCSW

Debra Albo-Steiger has 20 years of experience in education, advocacy, and social service administration and is currently the CEO of Children’s Bereavement Center located in Miami, Florida. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan with an emphasis on child development and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Chicago. Deb is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and Florida and holds a certificate as a School Social Worker.

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Board of directors
as of 05/31/2023
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Board co-chair

Jonathan Osborne

Board co-chair

Linda Frazier


Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/25/2023

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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