Social Services

Our social workers play a crucial role in meeting the psychosocial needs of patients and their families at CHOC Children’s. The social services department is staffed by master’s level social workers, many of whom are licensed clinical social workers by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Our social workers are active members of many of the multidisciplinary teams at CHOC including inpatient and outpatient areas. Our social workers are here to listen, share information and provide support and assistance to families and the medical team. Any member of the health care team, patient or parent/caregiver is able to request a social services consultation.

CHOC social workers maintain a wide range of roles in their profession. Social workers collaborate with outside agencies on behalf of the medical team such as schools and community nursing, and facilitate support groups and disease-specific education days. Providing crisis intervention, education, advocacy, resource referral and bereavement support are also just a few of the other ways social workers assist patients and their families at CHOC.

Social workers conduct assessments to help determine what resources are appropriate for a family. The social worker and family collaborate in determining how to address the family’s unique needs. Through the generous donation of the Swenson Family Foundation, CHOC social workers are able to assist families in need and those experiencing unexpected financial hardship.

For more information, please call 714-509-8521.

Bereavement Support Groups

Bereavement Support Groups
For families who have lost a child

Online (virtual)  groups available for English and Spanish-speaking adults on the 1st Wednesday evening of each month.

Please contact or 714-509-8521 for more information and the link to join us online.

Grupos de apoyo para el duelo
para families que han perdido un hijo

Grupos en línea (virtual) disponible para adultos que hablan Ingles o Español. Primer miercoles de cada mes por la tarde.

Comuníquese con  o 714-509-8521 para obtener más informacion.

Q&A: Social Services Available to CHOC Families

Toddler girl and mom with the pediatrician

In honor of National Social Work Month, we spoke to Mitzi Bennett, manager of the social services department at CHOC Children’s. Mitzi has been a social worker at CHOC for more than 20 years and, with her team, works directly with patients and families in a variety of settings.