Supporting Kidds

The Center for Grieving Children and Their Families


Supporting Kidds’ staff consists of highly qualified professionals who are dedicated to helping grieving children and families.   In addition, more than 60 volunteers are trained to facilitate our support groups.   Our services are developed and directed by our program staff, who are licensed mental health professionals with extensive experience working with children and grief issues. 



NicoleSmith.jpgNicole Smith, LPCMH
Team Leader

Nicole received her MA in Clinical Counseling from LaSalle University and BA from Saint Leo University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPCMH) and also a Nationally Board Certified Counselor. Nicole first started working with children in an inpatient setting in her home state of New Hampshire, and is excited to continue this work in Delaware. She has worked with a variety of clients spanning all ages and a wide range of emotional disorders. Her goal for therapy is to improve the overall family system following a loss, and to help develop healthy coping strategies for change.







caraduncan_1.jpgCara Shopa Duncan, MS
Program Coordinator

Cara serves as the Program Coordinator for volunteer support group programming as well as school-based trauma groups. Cara has a long-standing connection with Supporting Kidds. She has been a volunteer facilitator for our support groups and for school groups and has represented Kidds in the community. Cara earned her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Emporia University and focused on neuropsychological assessment and education before including grief and trauma work through her volunteering. She is excited to expand our Hockessin programs and to bring our support groups to the City of Wilmington and to Kent and Sussex Counties.





Keishia Hemphill, M.Ed.
School-Based Trauma Group Therapist

Keishia is the Lead Clinician for School Based Trauma Group Therapy. She serves as the school liaison for Supporting Kidds and lead facilitator for in-school trauma group therapy in New Castle County. Keishia earned her Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology from Temple University and focused in multiculturalism and childhood trauma. She has previous experience as a therapist for youth who have encountered various traumas and utilized Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) to assist children in coping with the aftermath of said traumas. She is dedicated to ensuring that children of all ages, across various cultures, have the support and tools they need to effectively cope and maximize their social, emotional, and mental wellbeing. Keishia strives to be one of many influential individuals that bring about hope towards positive change within individuals and society at large. 

mattlevett_1.jpgMatt Levett
Support Staff

Matt has been with Children & Families First since 2012, first as a volunteer at ARC, then as administrative assistant for the Strengthening Families Program, and now as support staff at Supporting Kidds. Matt is director of first impressions for our families and he brings positive energy and crucial organizational skills to keep the house running smoothly. Additionally, he assists the executive and program staff in a wide range of administrative tasks and manages the general office functions on a daily basis. A life-long resident of Delaware, he currently resides in Hockessin.

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