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Contact the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

  • 617-355-6058
  • International: +1-617-355-5209
It's important to remember that while ulcerative colitis can feel very isolating, many children and their families have been down this path before. We've helped them, and we can help you, too. There are lots of resources available for your family—within Boston Children's, in the outside community and online. These include:

Patient education: From the very first visit, our nurses will be on hand to walk you through your child's treatment and help answer any questions you may have. And they'll also reach out to you by phone, continuing the care and support you received while at Boston Children's.

Parent-to-parent connections: Want to talk with someone whose child has IBD? We can put you in touch with other families who have been through similar experiences and can share their experience. In fact, the Boston area IBD support group meets right here at Boston Children's.

Faith-based support: If you are in need of spiritual support, we'll help connect you with the Boston Children's chaplaincy. Our program includes nearly a dozen clergy representing Episcopal, Jewish, Lutheran, Muslim, Roman Catholic, Unitarian and United Church of Christ traditions who will listen to you, pray with you and help you observe your own faith practices during your child's hospitalization.

Someone to Talk To: Our IBD social worker can help you and your family:

  • Adjust to the initial diagnosis
  • Learn how to navigate everyday life with IBD
  • Access community groups and other support available to your and your family

On our For Patients and Families site, you can read all you need to know about:

  • Getting to Boston Children's
  • Accommodations
  • Navigating the hospital experience
  • Resources that are available for your family

More Resources on IBD and Ulcerative Colitis

The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with IBD and finding a cure for these diseases.

UC and Crohn's: a Site for Teens is an online resource where your teen can learn and connect with other teens with UC.

Growing up with Ulcerative Colitis – What Every Family Should Know is a series of short videos to learn all about UC.

Your Child with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Family Guide for Caregivers is Co-edited by Athos Bousvaros, MD, MPH, associate director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center here at Boston Children's, this is a comprehensive and accessible book that talks about all aspects of supporting a child with IBD.

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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