Family Support Services
Help starts here. Whether you need assistance coping with your child's medical condition or finding basic family resources, Phoenix Children's offers services and referrals to help.
Phoenix Children's Hospital Social Workers have the resources, experience and dedication to help whenever and wherever you need it.
Hospitalization may come at a time when there are already many stresses acting upon a family. Our Social Workers help patients and families overcome life's most difficult challenges, and the troubles of everyday living.
To reach our Social Work Services main office call (602) 933-2273.
The patient isn't the only person who is affected by the hospitalization. Brothers and sisters may also be concerned, and may even feel left out. They are welcome to visit during the hospital stay or send photos or draw pictures for their sibling's room. It is important for siblings to understand the nature of the Hospital and their brother or sister's illness. If you need suggestions or would like to speak with a Child Life Specialist, call (602) 933-2273.
The Family Spaces at Phoenix Children's Hospital offers the many comforts of home. This helps families stay focused on the healing and recovery process of their child. Here you will find a full-sized washer and dryer and showers. Soap, shampoo and towels are available. Families can cook a meal in our kitchen and spend quality time together on our over sized couch. The Family Spaces also offer large flat screen TVs. Ask you child's nurse for more information.
The hospitalization of a sick child is one of the most difficult experiences for a family. And many families have to travel long distances to get the best care for their child. During this stressful time, the financial burden of a hotel or a long commute can be severe for families with children in the hospital.
Rooms may also be available at the Ronald McDonald House. Families must live at least 30 miles from the Hospital to be eligible to stay at the Ronald McDonald House. Reservations depend on room availability, and must be arranged through a social worker.
Our campus House has 18 guest rooms, a reception entry, full-service kitchen, social dining area, family-friendly activity room and full-service business offices.
To reach Phoenix Children's Social Work Department call (602) 933-2273.
Join our private Phoenix Children's Heart Center Facebook group to provide emotional support, stay connected and meet other parents going through the same things. Whether you’re a new patient or your child had heart surgery 20 years ago, this group will keep you connected.
Raising Special Kids
With offices in Phoenix and Tucson, Raising Special Kids (RSK) is Arizona’s Parent Training and Information Center. They offer parent-to-parent support and help for families who want to learn how to advocate for their child and navigate the complex health care system. RSK offers many free workshops on topics such as "How to organize your child’s medical records" to classes on Education topics like IEP’s, 504 Plans, etc.
Mended Little Hearts of Phoenix
MLH is a support network for families of children with heart defects and heart disease. There are educational meetings and social events.
Congenital Heart Information Network
Online support network for families.
Nick & Kelly Children’s Heart Fund
The Nick & Kelly Children’s Heart Fund focuses on three programs to raise money and awareness for Arizona families with children who have congenital heart disease; Family assistance, Camp Corazon, and Family Heart Day Talk.
Children’s Heart Foundation – Arizona Chapter
Raises money to fund medical research on Congenital Heart Defects. National group offers free parent resource book “ IT'S MY HEART”. Order on their website.
Arizona Early Intervention Services (AzEIP)
Offers services for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities and their families. You can refer your child for an assessment by filling out the online application
Arizona Group that provides educational tools and resources for families of children with feeding difficulties
Arizona Office of Special Health Care Needs
The Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs (OCSHCN) provides information and referral to families who would like assistance in finding the services available to their child;
HopeKids – Phoenix Chapter
HopeKids provides ongoing events & activities and a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child with a life-threatening medical condition.
Make-A-Wish – Arizona Chapter
Grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Provides custom celebration cakes and other treats to families impacted by the critical illness of a child.