Resources for Families

At Children’s National, we understand that families have many questions about their child’s heart condition and care. Your care providers may offer specific resources, but we also have online resources available to answer your questions and connect you with the information you need.

Child Life

Child Life

Our Child Life Specialists are specially trained and certified to help children, adolescents, and families understand and cope with illness, treatment, and hospitalization.

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Creative and Therapeutic Arts Services

Creative and Therapeutic Arts Services helps children transcend the hospital experience by bringing the cultural arts, arts education, and animal visitation to patients at bedside and in the Atrium.

Parent Navigator Program

Our Parent Navigator Program informs, educates, supports, and empowers families to be strong partners with providers in advocating for their child’s medical, educational, and social well-being.


Pastoral Care

Board-certified chaplains provide important spiritual and mental health services to all families and patients in the hospital. Children's National also has two chapels for patients, families, and staff seeking a quiet space for prayer or meditation.

Patient/Family Advisory Council

Our Patient/Family Advisory Council, made up of families whose children have been treated at Children’s National, has partnered with us in defining our approach to care. This council is involved in ongoing projects and helps us improve services to all patients and families.

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Social Work

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. Learn more about social work services in the Heart Institute

Support Groups

Support Groups

Children’s National offers various support groups for families to exchange helpful information, provide solace to one another, and offer tips to help in caring for their children.

Matthew R.'s Story

"It is overwhelming for any parent with children of any age to have to experience something like this. Now that I am and have gone through the experience I cannot thank Children's National enough for its kindness, professionalism, and knowledge."

Read More of Matthew R.'s Story