The goal of the Pediatric Palliative Care Network is to improve the quality of life for families caring for children with life-limiting illness.

The Pediatric Palliative Care Network serves the unmet physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of children in Massachusetts with life-limiting illnesses. Our services are provided at no cost to children 18 years old or younger who have a life-limiting illness.

Seven licensed hospices throughout the state — all skilled in pediatric palliative care — are part of the network.

Learn more about the Network by reading the About The Pediatric Palliative Care Network page.

Parents — In Their Own Words

Dealing with the diagnosis of a serious illness in a child may be difficult for the entire family. Hear from 3 mothers in their own words how the Pediatric Palliative Care Network has made a real and lasting difference in their families’ lives.

For More Information

To find out the program nearest you, contact the Pediatric Palliative Care Network at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. You may also contact the participating programs directly.

Pediatric Palliative Care Network
250 Washington Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
1-800-882-1435, Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
TTY 617-624-5992
Interpreter services available
email: Pediatric.Palliative.Care@State.MA.US

Participating Palliative Care Programs

Additional information about palliative care and service providers in Massachusetts may be found at the Hospice & Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts website.

Contact Information

Jennifer Kenyon Bates, MEd.
Director, Pediatric Palliative Care Network (PPCN)
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Division for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs
c/o DTA
160 West Rodney French Blvd.
New Bedford, MA 02740
phone: 508-961-2004
TTY: 617-624-5992
email: Pediatric.Palliative.Care@State.MA.US