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Child Life Services

Inova Child Life specialists dedicate themselves to easing the anxiety and stress affecting children during a hospital stay or outpatient procedure. Our Child Life experts are available at Inova Children's Hospital and Inova Loudoun Hospital.

Because your child is unique, our Child Life specialists tune in to your family, culture and stage of development.


Contact us

For more information, feel free to contact us:

Child Life Services – Inova Children's Hospital
Inova Fairfax Medical Campus
3300 Gallows Road
Falls Church, VA  22042
703-776-6486
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Staff hours fluctuate on the weekends

Child Life Services – Inova Loudoun Hospital
44045 Riverside Parkway
Leesburg, VA  20176
703-858-6544


Among our many Child Life services:

  • Procedural preparations
  • Pre-surgical tours
  • Distraction and support during medical procedures
  • Medical and therapeutic play
  • Normalization activities
  • Sibling support
  • Hands-on education about the hospital environment
  • Bereavement support
  • Community education

Preparing your child

Our Child Life experts offer excellent general guidelines to parents who want to prepare their child for a visit to Inova Children's Hospital. See our "Preparing Your Child" webpage, which has age-specific tips to help you get your child ready for a hospital stay. Learn more


Internship & volunteer opportunities at Inova Children's Hospital


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