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Family-centered care

Families and health care professionals work together to plan, provide and evaluate care

Family-Centered Care is...

  • Recognizing that the family is the constant in a child's life, while the service systems and personnel within those systems fluctuate.
  • Facilitating child/family/professional collaboration at all levels of service.
  • Sharing with the family, on a continuing basis and in a supportive manner, the best information regarding their child's health care.
  • Understanding and incorporating the developmental needs of infants, children, adolescents, and their families in health care delivery.
  • Recognizing family strengths and individuality and respecting different methods of coping.
  • Recognizing and honouring diversity, strengths and individuality within and across all families, including racial, spiritual, social, economic, educational and geographical diversity.
  • Encouraging and facilitating family-to-family support and networking.
  • Implementing comprehensive policies and programs that provide support to meet the diverse health care needs of families.
  • Designing accessible service systems that are flexible, sensitive, and responsive to family-identified health care needs.

Reference: Johnson, B.H., Seale Jeppson, E. & Redburn, L. (1992). Caring for children and families: Guidelines for hospitals ( 1st ed.). Association for the Care of Children's Health, Bethesda, MD.