Family Center

Family Center

The Children’s Harbor Family Center, located in the Harbor Building in between the Benjamin Russel Hospital for Children and the McWane Building on the campus of Children's of Alabama, offers lots of ways for patients and their families to break away from their hospital stay.

  • Events & Activities

    What’s coming up at the Family Center? Visit our events page and choose times for family fun, grab a few moments of relaxation, take a much-needed break to get support, or select other ways to recharge and reconnect. All that we do is designed to make life better for you.
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  • Daily Needs

    The details of life don’t slow down for family illness. But we gladly help in lots of ways — whether you need quick load of laundry, a ride to a next doctor’s appointment or a fresh new hairstyle. Find out more about all the ways Children’s Harbor’s Family Center tries to make your daily life easier.
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  • Coaching & Counseling

    Sometimes help is delivered with a listening ear. With a child’s illness, families have to juggle multiple challenges that can often be exhausting and overwhelming. No one knows this road before it arrives. But once you’re here, our Coaching and Counseling can help guide you through this new normal.
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  • Ways to Play

    Sometimes, children just want to play. Sick children, healthy children, and their parents need a place to spend time together having fun. Children’s Harbor provides many ways for you to enjoy some downtime with your family – through scheduled activities or your own breaks for a quick game or two.
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Children’s Harbor Family Center

Directly connected to the state-of-the-art Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children, the Family Center focuses on serving children and their families through activities and recreation, coaching and counseling, education, respite and other supportive services during and after hospitalization.

The Family Center was made possible by a gift of Ben and Luanne Russell. The 2001 opening of the Family Center was a follow up to the opening of Children’s Harbor on Lake Martin in 1989 and is part of the Russells continuing commitment to make Children’s Harbor the best family service organization in the pediatric health care community.

Find Us at the Hospital

While in the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children, follow the playful blue river floor pattern on Main Street (second floor). It will lead you across the bridge to the Atrium. Once you're in the Atrium, you will see a large compass on the floor pointing directly to our glass doors. It's easy. We are located in the center — between the two crosswalks/bridges.

Family Center Hours

8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday - Friday

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday

How to Get Here

Traveling to Children’s Harbor Family Center:

  • From Montgomery, Alabama, it will take about 1.5 hours.
  • From Birmingham, Alabama, it will take about 0.5 hours.
  • From Columbus, Georgia, it will take about 2.5 hours.
  • From Dothan, Alabama, it will take about 3.5 hours.
  • From Atlanta, Georgia, it will take about 2.5 hours.
  • From Mobile, Alabama, it will take about 3.5 hours.
  • From Meridian, Mississippi, it will take about 2.0 hours.

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How Can You Help?

The assistance Children’s Harbor receives from generous donors and active volunteers is central to carrying out our mission. Learn more about getting involved.