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Child Life Specialists at Miami Children's Hospital hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree in child life or a closely related field. Upon graduation, Child Life Specialists must complete a 500-hour internship before they are eligible for certification.

Through their specialized training, Child Life Specialists become experts in anticipating the needs and concerns of children in the medical environment. Their training makes them aware of issues that can arise at various ages.

Examples include: 
  • Preschoolers may think they are having blood drawn as punishment
  • School-aged children may blame themselves for having cancer
  • Adolescents covet privacy, independence and peer interaction, and can become withdrawn or feel sad during or after hospitalization.
The Miami Children's Hospital Child Life Specialist's participate in a variety of hospital wide committees and programs, these include:
  • Cardiac pre-surgical Orientation
  • Scoliosis Orientation
  • Pre-Surgical Orientation
  • Child Life Community Field Trips
  • Nursing Student/New Resident Orientation
  • Child Life Month Activities
  • Bring Your Child to Work Day
  • Summer Safety Fair and Teddy Bear Clinic
The goal of the Child Life Department is to enhance understanding and awareness of the Child Life Profession within the hospital and community.
Renee Jadusingh-Sabillon, CCLS
Child Life Manager
Certified Child Life Specialist

Karla Filosa, CCLS
Certified Child Life Specialist II


Regine Duret-Msimanga, CCLS
Certified Child Life Specialist II

Cardiac/Cardiovascular Surgery

Justine Marty, CCLS
Certified Child Life Specialist I

Unit: Same Day/Ambulatory Surgery

Danielle Furio, CCLS
Certified Child Life Specialist I


Unit: Radiology

Brittany Brown, CCLS

Certified Child Life Specialist I

Unit: Emergency Department

Terri  Hernandez,CLS
Child Life Specialist

Unit: Gastrology/ Nephrology/ Dialysis  3Northeast

Jennifer Oquendo, CLAA
Administrative Child Life Activity Assistant

Elizabeth Fitzgibbons, CCLS

Certified Child Life Specialist

Unit: Emergency Department

Caitlin Thomas, CLS

Child Life Specialist




Unit:  Surgery, Orthopedics