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Child Life Services | Overview

Due to continued precautions around COVID-19, will be unable to accept any tangible, in-kind donations  (including homemade items, store-bought items, and items collected in the community) this holiday season.

Support our patients and families this holiday season by hosting a virtual toy drive. Instead of donating toys, raise funds to provide meaningful gifts to patients and fill urgent needs for families and the hospital. You’ll receive an online fundraising page, one-on-one guidance, and a number of helpful tools and resources. Register now, or reach out to events@chtrust.org with questions.


The Child Life Services Department works to guide, educate, and support children and families through healthcare experiences. The multidisciplinary Child Life Services team considers each child and family’s emotional, social, cognitive, developmental, and cultural needs when determining interventions to enhance coping and support psychosocial needs. Using modalities such as play, music, creative arts, and technology, the Child Life Services team strives to help patients and families adjust to and understand healthcare.

How to contact us

Ask your nurse or a member of your healthcare team if you would like to meet with a member of our Child Life Services team.

Child Life Services
Boston Children’s Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Office: 617-355-6551
Email: child.life@childrens.harvard.edu

Child life specialists also assist patients in Boston Children’s satellite locations Monday to Friday:

Preparing for your visit to Boston Children’s Hospital

Coming to the hospital can be a scary experience for children of all ages. Research has illustrated that adequate and developmentally appropriate preparation can improve experiences for children and families. Child life specialists are available to provide one-to-one consultation in preparing your child for a hospital visit. My Hospital Story is a visual narrative that can be used with patients of a wide variety of ages and developmental levels.

Preparing your child   My Hospital Stories   Preparing yourself

Learn about our offerings from Child Life Services