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About Children's Harbor

Children’s Harbor’s mission is to serve seriously ill children and their families through unique, no-cost services at both the Family Center located at the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children in Birmingham, AL, and at the Lake Martin retreat facility in Alexander City, Alabama. Children’s Harbor has been in service since 1989.

The Family Center provides patients and their families a place of respite, comfort, and fun while not having to leave the campus of Children's of Alabama.

Mental health services are provided to patients and their families through licensed, illness-specific counselors at no cost to the families and without limitations. Other services offered include educational support, scheduled interactive activities, an exercise room, hair salon, nap rooms, library, laundry facilities, and play areas.

The retreat facility at Lake Martin boasts 66 acres with extensive water frontage, zero-entry swimming pools, handicap accessible tree house, miniature golf, basketball and volleyball courts, canoeing, activity rooms and more for families and children to reconnect and meet other families with similar diagnoses. These illness populations include children with cancer, organ transplants, autism, serious burns, the visual impaired, spinal cord injuries, among others. The facilities are donated at no cost to organizations who apply annually through a grant process with Children’s Harbor.


Children's Harbor offers patients and their families two unique environments to strengthen family bonds and find balance and support during and after hospitalization. All of the services offered at both campuses are provided to families at no cost, thanks to many generous donors and volunteers.

Family Center

The Children’s Harbor Family Center, located at the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children on the campus of Children's of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama, offers several ways for patients and their families to break away from their hospital stay. Services include patient and sibling activities as well as support through counseling care and educational resources. Learn more.

Lake Martin

Children’s Harbor’s Lake Martin campus hosts camping and retreat services through partnering organizations, providing patients and families a place of rest and restoration. It offers patients and their families a place to come together and reconnect, often outdoors, in a safe environment for children with various diagnoses. Learn more.

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