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.
Want to help make wishes come true? You can help make a child's hospital stay a little less stressful by donating to Child Life Services at Inova Children's Hospital. View our Wish List
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.
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.
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.
Inova Partnership for Healthier Kids (PHK)
PHK works closely with school systems, community organizations, corporations and local governments to keep your kids healthy.
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.
Learn more about Life with Cancer
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.
Support and Bereavement Programs
Inova Health System offers several educational support and bereavement groups for children and teens dealing with cancer.
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.
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.
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.