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Child Life is a free service available to all children, teens, young adults and families at HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital. The only child life program in Green Bay, our specialists who are certified and trained to help children and families cope with health care experiences.


What we do

Using play, education and self-expression, Child Life Specialists promote optimum development. We also provide family and sibling support, as well as, grief services.
For patients - children and teens
  • Prepare children for medical treatments, tests and procedures
  • Provide distraction, play and support during tests and procedures
  • Provide relaxation techniques to deal with stress
  • Offer developmentally and age appropriate activities, such as
    • Bingo
    • Coloring contests
    • Daily bedside activities
For siblings
  • Offer developmentally and age appropriate activities
  • Offer emotional support throughout the journey
For parents
  • Provide emotional support throughout the journey
  • Offer tips and ideas for supporting children, patient and siblings, such as behavior modification tools, developmental information, and other support as necessary
  • Provide parent breaks
  • Offer support for families during grief situations

How you can help

We are supported 100% by donations, and all donated items go directly to children at HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital.

Not sure what to donate? Check out our wish list!

Students and Volunteers

The Child Life program at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital offers internships, practicums & volunteer opportunities.

Learn More


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