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At Inova, we're not just physicians, nurses and hospital staff members. Many of us are parents, too, and all of us understand the unique burdens placed on families with sick youngsters. We have a large number of family-focused educational programs and support groups to help families cope and even thrive in light of their challenging situations.

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Pediatric hospitalists
Inova’s pediatric hospitalists at Inova Children's Hospital and Inova Loudoun Hospital are dedicated to caring for hospitalized children. They are in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week and available for admissions, inpatient consults or emergencies.
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Child Life Services 
Uniquely dedicated Child Life specialists are available at Inova Children's Hospital and Inova Loudoun Hospital to ease the anxiety and stress affecting children during a hospital stay or outpatient procedure.

Inova Kellar Center
Inova Kellar Center is Northern Virginia’s only not-for-profit center for children’s outpatient mental healthcare and substance abuse treatment, serving children and adolescents from ages 3 to 18.
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Inova Cares Clinic for Children
Inova Cares Clinic for Children provides primary pediatric services for children of low income families with incomes up to 300% of the federal poverty line.
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Cancer support groups
Last year, Inova Life with Cancer™ served nearly 200 pediatric oncology patients and their family members monthly, making this program for children with cancer one of the nation’s largest.
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D.C. Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation sponsors support groups for DC metro area families who live with children diagnosed with cancer. Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at Inova Children's Hospital. For more information, email D.C. Candlelighters or call 703-590-4134.

"Tender Hearts" cardiac support group
This Inova Children's Hospital support group is for parents of children with a cardiac condition. It is led by parents with the support of a Child Life specialist and includes both parent interaction and speakers/topics on pediatric cardiac issues. For more information, visit the Tender Hearts Web site, send an email or call 703-591-8365.

Bereavement and support programs
Inova offers bereavement and support groups for children and teens dealing with cancer through its highly regarded Life with Cancer™ program.
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Care Connection for Children
Care Connection for Children partners with families of children and youth who have special healthcare needs. Our professional case managers help open doors to needed resources so that children and youth can reach their maximum potential. Our services are free and we serve children birth to 21 years of age.
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Northern Virginia Healthy Kids Coalition
To meet the needs created by the growing health concern of children and obesity, Inova partnered with all Northern Virginia jurisdictions to promote healthier lifestyles for children and families.
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Inova Partnership for Healthier Kids (PHK)
PHK works closely with school systems, community organizations, corporations and local governments to keep your kids healthy.
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Ronald McDonald House
Located on the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus, Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for families of children healing in area hospitals. Volunteers, staff and the spontaneous interchange between resident families support the program. For more information, call the Ronald McDonald liaison at 703-776-3508.