Palliative Care Services at Children's

Led by our Pediatric Advanced Care Team

At Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, we call our palliative care providers our Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT). Through pediatric palliative care, physicians, nurse practitioners and social workers partner in caring for children who have a serious illness.

Palliative care providers:

  • Work to manage a child's stress and symptoms.
  • Explain how children and families can fit illness into their lives.
  • Help families make tough decisions about care.
  • Identify resources to make a child's life better.
  • Coordinate with the teams caring for the child and family.

How does palliative care work?

Our PACT begins work when a provider diagnoses a child. Because every child and family is different, we treat each child as an individual, tailoring our services to meet the specific needs of each child and family. 

We continue to work with the child, family and care team throughout the patient’s illness and treatment.

Our team collaborates with other healthcare professionals at Children’s, including medical teams, child life and chaplaincy to provide holistic, interdisciplinary care. 

About PACT

Since its inception, PACT has participated in the care of more than 400 patients and families a volume that is consistent with or greater than the leading pediatric palliative care programs in the country. Click here to learn more.

Access our palliative care resources for more information.

  • James and state trooper blog post
    When providers saw signs that James, a patient at Children's, was nearing the end of his life, a state trooper stepped in. He quickly transported the patient's father to our hospital, and stayed by the father's side in his son's final day. 

    Read the story from the point of view of our Medical Director of Palliative Care.