Key Elements of Family-Centered Services
that the family is the constant in the child's
true parent/professional collaboration, and
not just coordination of services.
the racial, ethnic, religious, cultural and
socioeconomic diversity of families.
family strengths and differing ways of coping.
unbiased information with parents on a continual
basis for the purpose of supporting their need
and ability to make decisions with adequate
the developmental needs of children and families
and incorporates these into the service systems
continuous services to families until such time
that the child/family is no longer eligible
for services or families indicate they no longer
want or need the support provided.
high-quality professional services in the form
of assessment, treatment and recommendations.
comprehensive, interagency services that include
emotional and financial support for the family
as well as educational, therapeutic and medical
support for the child.
family-to-family support and networking.
the family's right to refuse or postpone services
services that are responsive to family-identified
priorities and needs.
accessible services that are flexibly scheduled
in natural environments
for optimal family participation and benefit
to the child.
from the film Family-Centered Care (1989), Association
for the Care of Children's Health , Washington,
4 Myths & Misconceptions About Family-Centered Services - Common misunderstandings regarding family-centered services.