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Boston Children's Hospital Global Health

What We Do

As members of the multidisciplinary health care team, clinical social workers are trained, licensed professionals who provide a range of psychosocial services to enhance the quality of care for children and their families, both within the hospital and the community.

Social workers help children, teens and families build their strength and ability to cope. By understanding patient and family concerns, social work professionals join with families to develop options and plans that meet their child's health, developmental and emotional needs.

Services provided depend on the unique needs of each patient or family, and may include counseling and assistance with issues such as:

  • Catastrophic or chronic illness
  • Coping with diagnosis, illness or hospitalization
  • Impact of illness on family members
  • Parenting and care-giving concerns
  • Grief, loss or end of life issues
  • Family issues or conflicts
  • Developmental or life changes
  • Violence in the home or community
  • Cultural differences
  • Behavioral problems
  • Trauma
  • School or educational concerns
  • Financial difficulties
  • Housing problems
  • Adoption or foster care
  • Access to community resources
  • Depression, anxiety, psychiatric concerns
  • Substance abuse