Current Campaign

In January 2018, the Children’s Service Board announced a new fundraising pledge: a four-year, $3 million commitment to Lurie Children’s Department of Family Services. The department is funded entirely through philanthropy, and includes a number of essential programs that help normalize the hospital experience and help speed healing by letting kids be kids. Family Services includes such professionals as child life specialists, social workers, art and music therapists, teachers, non-denominational chaplains, interpreters and activity coordinators. Special spaces include the treatment-free Family Life Center, home of the in-house Skylight TV channel, the Cubs Classroom, an infant and toddler playroom, a teen lounge and an art room. Most importantly, Family Services aligns with clinical teams to provide the best possible care and experience for patients and their families.

Fast Facts about the Department of Family Services

  • More than 2,600 families per year are helped with short term assistance for meals or transportation through our Emergency Fund.
  • More than 1,100 volunteers provide over 55,000 hours per year of support in 54 areas of the hospital.
  • Our Social Workers and Chaplains are present in the hospital 24/7 to attend to families in crisis situations in the Emergency Room and inpatient areas.
  • Last year, we provided interpreting services in 80 languages through telephonic interpretation, video interpretation and our own Interpreters.
  • Activity Coordinators and Child Life Specialists annually facilitate 1,043 developmental playgroups for children of all ages.
  • We host an annual Memorial Service to honor and remember the children who have died. Over 200 people attend the event held each April at Fourth Presbyterian Church

Learn more about Family Services.

If you have questions, please contact Ilana Lerman at or 312.227.7305.