Transition of Care - Adolescents and Young Adults

Transition Services for Emerging Adults

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles offers support for adolescent and young adult patients with chronic illnesses and disabilities to prepare them for adulthood and their transition to adult-focused care. A successful transition occurs when providers, families and patients work in partnership to ensure as smooth a passage into adult life as possible and access to quality adult care.

Our transition programs focus on empowering patients approaching adulthood with:

  • Knowledge about their conditions and how to manage them
  • Skills to advocate for themselves
  • Resources to help them realize social, educational and vocational goals.

Our specialists have expertise in offering age-appropriate transition support to emerging adults who will responsible for navigating adult healthcare systems themselves and independent living. 

Core components of these programs include:

  • Coaching patients to understand their diagnosis, condition and treatment
  • Provide patients with skills and support to manage their condition, adhere to treatment requirements, communicate effectively with their providers
  • Understanding each patient’s unique needs and abilities, and putting strategies in place to promote self-care early on
  • Empowering and preparing young people to manage their own care, live independently and seek the resources they need for successful transition
  • Teaching patients to advocate for themselves, navigate adult care systems and to help them become confident pursuing their adult life goals
  • Supporting parents in the transition process
  • Provide support and guidance to families of selected patients with complex care needs 


Our transition services include programs representing multispecialty partnerships, as well as programs offered to patients in specific subspecialty clinics.

Transition programs currently available at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles include:


Transition resources and educational materials also are available to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles patients and families at the Family Resource Center.


Roberta Williams, MD  

Ellen Iverson, MPH

Adolescent Medicine  

Endocrinology and Metabolism  

  • Nancy Chang, MSN, FNP 

General Pediatrics  



Pulmonology/Cystic Fibrosis  

Sickle Cell  

Solid Organ 

  • Lauren Schmidt, MSW

Spina Bifida 

  • Cecily Betz, PhD, RN