Social Work Program

Social Work Program

Experienced clinical social workers provide skilled, timely assistance in all areas of our hospital.  Services offered to patients and families include:

  • Patient and family evaluations,
  • Counseling related to hospitalization or illness,
  • Counseling and support during times of grief,
  • Crisis intervention,
  • Problem-solving interventions,
  • Coping skills interventions,
  • Advocacy related to medical treatment and other services,
  • Discharge planning,
  • Emergency assistance,
  • Links to community resources.

Special Programs

Adolescent Sponsorship Program

  • Matches adults diagnosed with diabetes as sponsors for adolescents receiving diabetes treatment by our hospital.
  • Adolescents often experience difficulty complying with the treatment regimen.
  • This program is internationally-recognized.

Audrey Hepburn CARES Team

  • Provides compassionate examinations, diagnosis, and intervention for children who are suspected to have been abused or neglected.
  • Incorporates specialized assessment, evaluation, consultation and intervention.
  • Team members collaborate closely with law enforcement.
  • CARES = Child Advocacy Response Evaluation Services
  • Learn more about the Audrey Hepburn CARES team

California Childrens Services (CCS)

Social work services provided to all Children's Hospital CCS-approved centers. 

Patient and Parent Support Groups

A sounding board and source of support for patients and parents to ease the stresses related to illness and/or hospitalization.