Congenital Heart Disease Young Adult Transition Program

The UCSF Congenital Heart Disease Young Adult Transition Program prepares teens and young adults with heart disease for the transition from pediatric care to adult medical care. We're focused on helping them gain the knowledge and self-care skills they'll need to keep themselves well as they grow into adult roles and responsibilities.

Adolescence is often a trying time, and chronic illness can make things even harder. Supported by our program, patients and families learn to navigate this phase and move down the road to independence.

Over the course of several years, we work closely with our patients to identify their unique strengths and the challenges they may face. Our multidisciplinary approach addresses medical knowledge and self-care practices, vocational and educational planning, insurance, self-advocacy skills and healthy decision-making.

Our team collaborates with the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic and the Child and Adolescent Chronic Illness Center, as well as UCSF primary care providers, to make sure our patients receive the most appropriate care in adulthood. For patients who can't manage their own care independently, we identify the best resources for accessing personalized adult medical care.

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    Awards & recognition

    • Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties

    • One of the nation's best in cardiology & heart surgery

    Support services

    Child Life Services

    Activity rooms, pet therapy and more to help kids feel at home.

    Child Life

    Certified child life specialists ease the stress and anxiety of childhood illness through therapeutic play, schooling and family-focused support.

    Family Amenities

    Family-friendly amenities help you relax and take care of yourself while staying close to your child. We offer lounges, kitchens, showers, breastfeeding rooms and more.

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    Social Services

    Social workers ease the effect of illness, injury and hospitalization on your family with counseling and assistance to help you navigate the challenges.

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    Activity Rooms

    Activity rooms offer a relaxed environment for children of all ages. Features include a playroom, digital arts studio and teen lounge. Find out more.

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    Art Therapy

    Art therapy helps kids and families express themselves, making it easier to cope with pediatric health issues. Group and bedside services are available.

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    Music Therapy Program

    Board-certified music therapists help kids cope with illness and the feelings that come with it. Find out about group activities and bedside therapy.

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    School Program

    Our schoolroom services and individual learning programs help children hospitalized at UCSF continue their education and get ready to return to school.

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    School Re-Entry Program

    After hospitalization, we help kids return to school by educating staff and students about their needs and recommending needed accommodations. Read more.

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    Individual Playtime & Instruction

    If your child can't be around other kids for medical reasons, you can sign up for private sessions in our activity and school rooms. Find out how.

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    Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

    Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

    Family Resource Center

    We help families cope with the challenges of childhood illness and hospitalization in a relaxing environment where parents can get a much-needed break.

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    Parent Support Program

    Weekly activities, including knitting, scrapbooking, chair massage and more, help family caregivers get a much-needed break. Find out more.

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    Patient Relations

    Patient relations reps and nursing supervisors are here to answer questions and address concerns. Learn about your rights, how to reach us and more.

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    Spiritual Care

    Chaplains help UCSF patients, families and staff cope with the spiritual and emotional challenges of childhood illness. Learn more.

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    International Services

    If you're coming to UCSF from outside the U.S., we coordinate your child's appointments and provide other helpful services. Here's how to get started.

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    We have interpreters for Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, Russian, American Sign Language and more.

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