The Josh Cares vision is to ensure that no seriously ill child feels alone and afraid while hospitalized.

The Josh Cares mission is to provide companionship and comfort to children hospitalized in critical and chronic care units in children’s hospitals. Josh Cares Child Life Specialists serve as surrogates for, and links to, the families who would be by their children's sides if they could.

Child Life Overview
The Child Life Department at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center helps children and families have a positive experience during an outpatient visit or hospital stay. As members of the healthcare team, Child Life Specialists work directly with patients and families to reduce anxiety and stress during medical procedures or a hospitalization. Child Life is an integral component of Cincinnati Children's Family Centered Care philosophy. Josh Cares is a unique program within the hospital's larger Division of Child Life and Integrative Care.

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