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Family Resource Center

Offering Comfort and Support

 

The Family Resource Center is located on the first floor of Maria Fareri Children's Hospital in Room 1118.  The Center is a welcoming, relaxed setting with comfortable sofas and chairs, 5 computers with internet access, and a multitude of children's books.   Families utilize this space for a variety of reasons including conducting computer searches for information on healthcare, parenting, finances and education; obtaining children's books for the patient and siblings to read, or just to get away for a few minutes.  All families of hospitalized children are encouraged to use the space.  The focus of the Center is to assist families of hospitalized children with supportive services according to the family's individual needs.

 

The Director of Family Support and the Family Resource Center is Mary Delaney, LCSW.  She is a licensed clinical social worker who is proficient in English and Spanish.  She is available to meet with families in order to assist with the family's individual needs during their child's hospitalization.  She can be reached at (914) 493-8503. 

 

Mary Delaney, LCSW

An invaluable addition to the Center is the multi-talented volunteer force who prides themselves in being flexible and available to help families in whatever way needed. The volunteers assist with a variety of different services including bringing books to the patient's bedside through the traveling library program, and staffing the laundry room.

Housed within the Family Resource Center is the Family Business Center, equipped with a telephone charging station, fax machine, photo copier, scanner and networked printer.  It is open Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Families are welcome to use the Family Resource Center to:

  • Participate in a coffee hour or support group for family members of hospitalized children
  • Talk with someone who understands how difficult it is to have a child in the hospital
  • Choose from a full range of children's books for your child to read
  • Access the internet and e-mail
  • Conduct online research
  • Conduct personal business
  • Charge cell phones
  • Take a break and relax, without being far from your child's bedside