Social Work

Pediatric Gynecology

At Children’s National, clinical social workers are an important part of your child's care team. Our social workers know that your child’s illness or complex medical needs can be challenging and stressful for all members of your family. Our goal is to provide you and your family with the support, resources, and interventions that will strengthen your family’s ability to cope with your child’s illness or medical needs.

What Social Workers Offer

Our social workers are specially trained and licensed professionals who provide an array of psychosocial services to enhance the quality of care our patients and families receive, both within Children's National and in the community.

Through interventions, our social workers help patients and families build upon their strengths and enhance their ability to cope. Additionally, by understanding our patient and family needs and concerns, our team of social workers can collaborate with families to identify and develop plans that meet their children's health, developmental, and emotional needs.

The services that our team provides depend on the unique needs of each patient and family, and may include counseling and assistance with issues such as:

  • Crisis intervention/trauma
  • Coping with diagnosis, illness, or hospitalization
  • Impact of illness on family members
  • Communication between patients, caregivers, and the medical team
  • Financial concerns
  • Parenting and caregiving concerns
  • Access to community-based services
  • Family conflict mediation
  • Violence in the home or community
  • Grief, loss, and end of life issues

Social workers also can assist with accommodations, including Ronald McDonald House referrals, for families staying in the area from out of town.  

Contact Us

Social workers are available throughout the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To speak with a social worker:

  • Ask your child’s healthcare provider to put you in touch
  • Call the Family Services office at 202-476-3070 (Monday – Friday,  8:30 am – 5 pm)
  • Call General Information at 202-476-5000 (Evenings and Weekends)
  • Visit the Family Services office in room 4113 on the fourth floor of the Main Hospital
Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House near Children’s National

The DC Ronald McDonald House is located less than two miles from Children’s National. The DC Ronald McDonald House offers a comfortable, caring, and safe home-away-from-home. Guests are assigned to a private bedroom and bathroom with access to the community living room and kitchen, and there is free parking on the grounds.  

Families must live at least 25 miles away from Children’s National. The requested room donation is $15 per/night, but families are never turned away due to the inability to pay. If you are interested in first-time accommodations at the DC Ronald McDonald House, please speak to your assigned social worker.

Hours of Operation:

  • 24 hours per day, seven days per week
Resources in DC

Resources in Washington, DC

Insurance and Social Security Resources

Where do I apply for Medicaid in DC?

You may apply for Medicaid for low-income families and children under 19 and pregnant women at your Income Maintenance Administration (IMA) Service Center. You may call 202- 727-5355 to locate your nearest IMA Service Center. You may apply for benefits at the IMA Service Centers listed below or through www.DCHealthLink.com.

Service Center Address Phone Fax 
Anacostia
2100 Martin Luther King Avenue, SE
202- 645-4614
202- 727-3527
Congress Heights 4001 South Capitol Street, SW 202- 645-4546 202- 654-4524
Fort Davis
3851 Alabama Avenue, SE
202- 645-4500
202-645-6205
H Street* 645 H Street, NE 202-698-4350 202- 724-8964
Taylor Street
1207 Taylor Street, NW
202- 576-8000
202-576-8740

In the hospital, families can also apply in the Financial Information Center (FIC) through Medlaw (last names A-L) and Deco (last names M-Z.)

DC Medicaid Insurance

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Supplemental Security Income makes monthly payments to people with low income and limited resources who are 65 or older, blind, or disabled. Children younger than age 18 can qualify if they meet Social Security’s definition of disability, and if income and resources fall within the eligibility limits. For more information, call 1-800-772-1213 or visit http://www.ssa.gov/ssi/.

Food Resources

Women Infant and Children (WIC)

Women Infants and Children (WIC) is a supplemental food program that promotes good health for low–to–moderate- income mothers, infants, and children.

Who may enroll in the WIC Program?

  • Pregnant women
  • Breastfeeding women (up to infant's first birthday)
  • Non-breastfeeding postpartum women (after pregnancy ends or up to 6 months after the birth of an infant)
  • Infants and children up to five years old who live in DC, have a medical and/or nutritional risk, or meet our liberal income guidelines

Learn more about our WIC program.

SNAP/Food Stamps - The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, provides low-income households with a monthly Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card that can be used, like a debit card, to buy food at most grocery stores and other food retailers.

DC Food Finder

An interactive map of food resources in DC.

Developmental Resources

DC Strong Start (Early Intervention)

Ages: Newborn to two years and nine months

Strong Start DC Early Intervention Program serves as the single point of entry for infants and toddlers in Washington, DC, whose families have concerns about their development. For more information, contact 202-727-3665.

DC Early Stages

Ages: Two years and nine months to five years and 10 months

Early Stages will identify and evaluate recommend appropriate services for those with special needs. For more information, contact 202-698-8037.

Child Protective Services

Child and Family Services Agency – (CFSA)

  • 24-Hour Hotline: 202-671-7233 (SAFE)
Resources in Maryland

Resources in Maryland

Insurance and Social Security Resources

Where do I apply for Medicaid in Maryland?

Montgomery County

1335 Piccard Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
240-777-3120
240-777-1013 (Fax)

Fenton Street, 10th floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910
240-777-3066
240-777-1307 (Fax)

12900 Middlebrook Road
Germantown, MD 20874
240-777-3591
240-777-3563 (Fax)

Prince George’s County

Maryland Children’s Health Program
425 Brightseat Road, Suite 101
Landover, MD 20785
888-561-4049
301-324-2809 (Fax)

You can also apply online.

In the hospital, families can also apply in the Financial Information Center (FIC) through Medlaw (last names A-L) and Deco (last names M-Z).

Maryland Medicaid (MCOs)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Supplemental Security Income makes monthly payments to people with low income and limited resources who are 65 or older, blind, or disabled. Children younger than age 18 can qualify if they meet Social Security’s definition of disability, and if income and resources fall within the eligibility limits. For more information, call 1-800-772-1213 or visit http://www.ssa.gov/ssi/.

Food Resources

Women Infant and Children (WIC)

Women Infants and Children (WIC) is a supplemental food program that promotes good health for low -to moderate- income mothers, infants, and children.

Who may enroll in the WIC Program?

  • Pregnant women
  • Breastfeeding women (up to infant's first birthday)
  • Non-breastfeeding postpartum women (after pregnancy ends or up to 6 months after the birth of an infant)
  • Infants and children up to five years old who live in Maryland, have a medical and/or nutritional risk, or meet our liberal income guidelines

Apply for WIC.

SNAP/Food Stamps - The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, provides low-income households with a monthly Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card that can be used, like a debit card, to buy food at most grocery stores and other food retailers.

Developmental Resources

Maryland Infants and Toddlers

Ages: Newborn to 34 months

The Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program directs a statewide system of early intervention for eligible children and their families, coordinating services from health care, educational and social service agencies, and private providers.

  • Prince George’s County: 301-265-8415
  • Montgomery County: 240-777-3997

Preschool Child Find

Ages: 35 months – kindergarten age

Preschool Child Find assists with the identification of students ages three through five who may be eligible for preschool special education services. Services are based on the student's individual needs and are delivered in a variety of settings within Prince George's County Public Schools and community sites.

  • Prince George’s County: 301-265-8415
  • Montgomery County: 301-947-6080

Child Protective Services

Prince George’s County

  • 301-909-2450
  • 301-909-2460 (Fax)

Montgomery County

  • 240-777-4417
  • 240-777-4258 (Fax)

View the full listing of all Maryland CPS phone numbers.