Heart Transplant Program

Planning Your Stay

The heart transplant process can be a long and difficult path for families. Whether your child is inpatient or outpatient while awaiting transplant, our team is here to support and partner with your child and family every step of the way.

Emotional support

When planning temporary relocation to Houston for a heart transplant, your family will want to talk to the Texas Children's heart transplant social worker and communicate with members of the transplant team. It’s important to rely on family and friends, too. Emotional support from loved ones can be very important for both children and caregivers during the transplant process.


The need for relocation will be discussed on a patient-by-patient basis. Many families must make difficult decisions about whether the entire family or only certain members will relocate to Houston. The Texas Children’s Hospital heart transplant social worker can help provide information for available housing options near the hospital, and our financial counselors are available to help discuss financial resource options.

Please visit our Patient Resources page to view further information regarding emotional, financial, and lodging resources available.