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A doctor visit or hospital stay can be stressful for children and their families. At UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, we offer an array of services to make your experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible. These include support groups, play areas, family lounges, access to schooling for patients in the hospital and their siblings, spiritual care, art and music therapy, and more. Our services are based on the principle of family-centered care, meaning they support not only the needs of our young patients but those of their families.


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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Beads of Courage

We help children cope with cancer testing and treatment challenges by awarding colorful beads for each milestone they achieve. Find out about our program.

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Camp Okizu

This overnight summer camp for children with cancer, siblings and families offers fun activities, education sessions and support in a beautiful setting.

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Camp Winning Hands

This overnight camp is for children with congenital hand and upper limb differences. Kids make friends in a fun, safe and supportive environment.

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Child Life

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

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Children's Surgery Center

The Children's Surgery Center, located on the fourth floor of UCSF Medical Center Children's Hospital, is a special suite of rooms designed especially to meet the surgical needs of children and their families.

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Comfort Promise Program

Our team does everything possible to prevent and soothe your child's pain from needle procedures, using simple tools and techniques that really work.

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Diabetes Youth Families Camp

This summer camp is for kids with diabetes and their families. Find out how on-site diabetes volunteers monitor blood sugar levels for a safe experience.

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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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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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Gentle Hands Program

We help parents of medically fragile infants bond with their babies via special techniques for soothing, holding and bathing their child. Learn more.

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Glogau Teddy Bear Rescue Fund

Families that need additional assistance during their child's hospital stay have access to toys, hotel vouchers and other amenities. Find out more.

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Hearts at Home

Hearts at Home helps former heart patients and their families stay connected with the UCSF cardiac care team and one another.

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Hemophilia Support Network

The hemophilia support network gives parents a chance to learn from each other and discuss important issues affecting children with this blood disorder.

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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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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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International Services (Mandarin)

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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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.

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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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Pain Management Techniques at the Stad Center

Using western and eastern healing methods, we work with you to find the approach, or combination of approaches, that best relieves your child’s pain.

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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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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

We help kids return to school after hospitalization by educating staff and students about their needs and recommending needed accommodations. Read 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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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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