7 West Dr, Bethesda, MD 20814 | 301-496-5672


In June 1990, The Children's Inn at NIH opened its doors to pediatric patients and their families. Since then The Inn has been in continuous operation: 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Our doors never close. During the past 21 years, more than 10,000 seriously ill children and their families have made 50,000 visits to The Inn.

Children and families travel from all over the world to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) because conventional treatments have failed to have sufficient impact on their illnesses. Located in Bethesda, Maryland, NIH is the world's premier biomedical research facility. Children receive treatment for illnesses such as cancer, heart, lung, blood, bone and growth disorders, mental illnesses, and HIV infection.

The warmth and camaraderie of The Inn stand in sharp contrast to the isolation of a hotel room. In the lively atmosphere of The Inn, the kids and their families can put aside the challenges they face.  The Inn gives kids a place to be kids for a while, instead of patients. At the end of the treatment day, they leave behind the IV drips, the needles, the nurses and doctors to return to The Inn and, most importantly, to the comforting presence of their families and caring staff and volunteers.

The overriding philosophy at The Children's Inn is that families make a difference in the lives of their sick children. To treat a patient effectively, the healthcare team must care for the family and child as one. The emotional comfort a family gives to a sick child and the mutual support among kids and families who share the same experience together are invaluable.

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The Woodmont House

The Children's Inn at NIH recently opened a transitional home for families and their children who have surpassed the maximum length of stay at The Inn. The Woodmont House, is "a place like home" for up to five families whose children are no longer in the acute phase of their illnesses, yet still require treatment at the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center.

Previously, families were asked to move into the community at their own expense and with few supportive resources. Since housing in the Bethesda area is both expensive and limited, parents often resorted to rented rooms or basements - less than ideal for an immuno-compromised child. This beautiful home was made possible, in part, by a lead capital gift from The Merck Company Foundation. The Woodmont House, located on Woodmont Avenue immediately adjacent to the NIH campus, provides a free, convenient and safe home and allows families to participate in all of The Inn's activities.

From http://www.childrensinn.org

The Children's Inn at NIH, a non-profit lodging facility, aims to provide "a place like home" for sick children undergoing treatment at NIH, along with their families.

The Inn provides rooms, kitchens, lounges, entertainment, special events, activities, tutoring and mental and psychological support.

Families from across the globe say at the Inn, typically for weeks at a time, while the children undergo treatment.

Services are all provided free of charge. The Inn has strong ties to the Bethesda community, where school groups and volunteers often provide meals, gifts and support for the children and their families.

The Inn is located on the campus of NIH, a secure facility.

  • Fax: 301-496-4421
  • Handicap Accessible: Yes
  • Founding Date: Jun 01 1990
  • Reach: International, Local, National, Regional/commuter
  • What makes this community great?: The caring and giving nature of the Bethesda community. The Inn, which relies on donor support, has received support from schools, volunteers and businesses from the local community.

From http://bethesda.patch.com/listings/childrens-inn-at-nih

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