Do you have questions about insurance, school access, legal rights and Hospital or community resources? Has your family just received devastating news, such as a new cancer diagnosis? Does your child have a chronic illness that will interfere with or slow development? Have financial difficulties led to the shutoff of electric service to your home? Has a traumatic event, such as a car accident, scattered different family members to different hospitals?
These are some of the situations and questions our social workers help families with every day. Our job is to connect you with the Hospital and community resources you need.
In 1911, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia hired its first social worker. Today, the Department of Social Work and Spiritual Care consists of over 90 masters-trained social workers who provide services to children and families. Social workers are members of interdisciplinary teams that provide a variety of clinical services to children, adolescents and families receiving care at CHOP and its care network.
Most social work staff work with specific programs, where they provide specialized expertise. Clinical services provided by social work include:
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Services are available during an inpatient hospitalization, when you’re visiting an outpatient office or clinic, and even after your child returns home. The Department of Social Work and Spiritual Care provides 24-hour coverage seven days a week. Regular hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. Extended hours on-call service is available evenings/nights and weekends for patient care emergencies.
Reach the Department of Social Work and Spiritual Care by calling 215-590-2072.