When your child is hospitalized, changes occur for everyone in the family. If your child's stay is a long one or if he or she needs extended care, the changes in the family may be permanent. Social workers are dedicated to helping your family cope more effectively with life changes associated with a child’s hospitalization.
Social workers in Texas Children's Social Work department are professionals who have earned a master’s degree in social work and are licensed by the state of Texas. They are vital components of the multidisciplinary health care team.
Social workers help families locate community resources, assist in crisis interventions, provide counseling, educate families on their child's diagnosis and respond to the unique needs of families who come to Texas Children's Hospital. Hundreds of medical groups, information centers, support groups, nonprofit agencies, home care services, special schools and federal, state and city programs are available to assist families in need. Social workers will help you find the resources you need whether your child is still in the hospital or has returned home.
To locate the social worker assigned to your child's specialty clinic or inpatient floor, please call 832-824-1570. A social worker can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling the hospital page operator at 832-824-2099. To fax the department, dial 832-825-2925.
Social workers are an important member of the care team here at Texas Children’s Hospital. Our goal is to provide you and your family with the support, resources and interventions to help you cope with your child’s illness or medical needs.