Child Life Programs

Being sick and coming to the hospital, or having a loved one who is sick, can be a stressful time for a family. Child life specialists help reduce that stress and anxiety as much as possible.

City of Hope’s expert child life specialists work with patients and families to support the physical and emotional well-being of patients and families. 

What Is a Child Life Specialist?

Children, teens and young adults need experts specially trained to help with their unique needs. Child life specialist are certified by the Association of Child Life Professionals and have master's degrees with backgrounds in child/human development, education, psychology and other related fields.

Child Life programs


  •  Child Life Practicum and Internships  — For more information, please contact Marisol Trujillo, MS, CCLS  at [email protected] 
  • Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery (CLIMB): A six-week program for children who have a family member with cancer. Facilitates discussion on how to maintain open communication and coping skills, while teaching children about cancer.
  • City of Hope Bereavement Support Group. 12-week program for children, teens, parents, adults and significant others. Also available in Spanish
  • Adolescent and Young Adult Program
  • Beads of Courage Program — Through a tangible symbol of beads, this program integrates the use of beads to honor courage, resilience and affirm the experience of human compassion.
  •  Dec My Room — Program to create a healing space for hospitalized children and teens
  • CCTV activities for patients and families (Smart TVs in hospital rooms)
  • Patient and Family Welcome and Orientation

Children's Cancer Center

City of Hope is a national leader in the treatment of childhood cancers and blood disorders. Learn how our team of pediatric cancer experts provides innovative and comprehensive care for children, adolescents and young adults.

Resources for Patients and Families 


Pediatric and Adults Services
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  • Patient and family support
  • Developmentally appropriate clinical education
  • Therapeutic activities
  • Sibling Support
  • Bereavement and grief support with legacy building
  • Comprehensive assessments
Child Life Services
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  •  Help with social, emotional, developmental and clinical education needs of every child/teen/young adult
  • Clinical education for diagnosis, treatments, side effects and procedures that are age-appropriate 
  • Sibling education and support 
  • Before and after surgery procedure education and accompanying patients
  • Preparation for visitations
  • Fun and therapeutic play to make being hospitalized less stressful and to enhance coping skills 
  • Grief and bereavement support with legacy building 
  • Literary resources 
  • Televideo services 
Areas of Service
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  • Inpatient Pediatric Unit
  • Outpatient Pediatric Clinic
  • Inpatient Adult Unit
  • Outpatient Adult Unit
  • Upland Clinical Network Site


Talking with Your Child

Thank you for watching the Talking with Your Child About a Cancer Diagnosis video! Please help us improve our services by answering this short survey about the video Child Life Video Survey . This survey will take less than 3 minutes. Thank you.

Hablando con Su Hijo

¡Gracias por ver el video “Hablando con su hijo sobre un diagnóstico de cáncer! Ayúdenos a mejorar nuestros servicios respondiendo a esta breve encuesta Encuesta sobre el vídeo de Child Life [Child Life Video Survey Spanish] sobre el video. Esta encuesta tomará menos de 3 minutos. Gracias.

Connect with Us

Contact Jo-Ann Namm, Child Life Services Program Manager