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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.

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Having Surgery: What to Expect

When preparing for your child’s surgery, it is important that you understand the process and feel comfortable with our facility. View our resources to help prepare you and your child before, during and after surgery.

Child Life

Child Life Services

Child Life Specialists at Children's National are trained and certified to help children, adolescents and families with psychological and emotional support during outpatient and inpatient visits.

Patients and Mother at Welcome Desk

Places to Stay

We have a team of staff members ready to help you make arrangements for your stay nearby while your child receives care. From hotels to corporate apartments, there are a variety of accommodations available for your family. 
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Creative and Therapeutic Arts Services

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

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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.

Girl pointing at big balloons in the Costco Wholesale Atrium at Children's National.

Hospital Amenities

Learn about our hospital amenities — from playrooms to food and drink options to Internet access — that will be sure to make your time at Children's National more comfortable.