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Child Life:

  • Helps children understand medical information by using simpler terms.
  • Answers questions from staff and families about how children cope in the hospital.
  • Makes sure parents feel like part of their child’s healthcare team.
  • Supports children through the grief of losing a loved one.
  • Finds ways to help children play while they recover in the hospital.

Our expert team cares for children, teens and families through education, support and making healthcare experiences as easy and normal as possible. Our work makes children feel more relaxed and improves communication among our patients, families and healthcare teams.


Accessing Child Life Services at Carle Foundation Hospital

Thanks to Carle's commitment to children and families, Child Life services are offered free of charge. Child Life Specialists support pediatric patients, siblings of patients, and children of adult patients who are in critical care.

If you believe your child could benefit from this service, ask any healthcare professional to request a consultation with one of Carle's Certified Child Life Specialists.

We can be contacted by calling (217) 326-1929 or by emailing


Child Life and Charitable Giving

Our Child Life program is made possible in part by generous donations to the Carle Health Center for Philanthropy. Donations enhance and strengthen the program by advancing the expertise of our Child Life Specialists, providing educational materials to patients and families, and purchasing supplies to help children cope during stressful health-related events.

If you would like to support the Child Life program at Carle, please visit our donation page.

2022 Holiday Donation drop-off times:
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays in December from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Please contact or 217-326-1929 to coordinate a drop off time prior to arrival.


Child Life Practicum Program

The Child Life Practicum is designed as an introductory experience for individuals interested in pursuing a career in child life.

Learn more about the program here.

Meet Our Team

With doctors practicing in 80 specialties at locations throughout the region, it’s easy to find the right healthcare team at Carle. Our mission is to serve people through high quality care, medical research and education.


Classes, Events and Support Groups

Please Contact Us if you have any questions.