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.