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Resources for Families

At Children’s National, we understand that families have many questions about their child’s condition and care. In addition to any resources your provider may give you, our online resources can also support your ongoing treatment journey.

Child Life

Child Life Services

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 Costco Wholesale 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.


Chaplaincy Services

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 and Family Advisory Council

The Patient and Family Advisory Council is comprised of families of children who have received care at Children's National, as well as staff from throughout the organization. We hope our efforts result in improved patient- and family-centered care for all Children's National 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.

Ryan W.'s Story


In the fall of 2015, Stafford, Va., residents Sarah and Jay gave birth to their first child, a beautiful, healthy baby boy named Ryan. 

Read More of Ryan W.'s Story