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The Children's Inn

The Children's Inn at NIH turns 25

The Children's Inn

"A place like home …" for all families!


What to Expect at The Children's Inn

The Children's Inn enhances opportunities for groundbreaking medical discoveries by providing a free "place like home" that reduces the burdens of illness through a supportive environment, including therapeutic, educational, and recreational programming.



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Dalvin plays board games at The Inn's Woodmont House.
Photo courtesy of Randy Sager Photography

  • No medical treatment, procedures, or appointments ever take place at The Inn. It is a safe haven.
  • The Inn and its nearby transition facility, The Woodmont House, can accommodate up to 64 patient-families while their children are being treated at the NIH Clinical Center.
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  • The Inn has a playroom, kids' computer room, bistro, game room, learning center, business center, reflection space, teen lounge, arts and crafts studio, multipurpose room, exercise room, an outdoor sport court, and a park/playground.
  • There are three large communal kitchens and dining rooms. The families make their own meals. Free shuttles go to the grocery store several times a week.
  • As part of The Inn's popular "Family Dinner" program, community volunteers serve and share meals with Inn families every Sunday evening (and typically one or two other nights as well).
  • Patients and their siblings are welcome to participate in any of The Inn's more than 1,000 yearly fun, educational, and therapeutic programs.
  • Vi, The Inn's friendly therapy dog, is available to walk and play with Inn residents.
  • The Inn has 26 full-time and 11 part-time staff members, and there is always a manager on duty. More than 200 volunteers help in every area of operations, too.
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Summer 2014 Issue: Volume 9 Number 2 Page 24