At Akron Children's Hospital, we practice family-centered care, an approach to pediatric service delivery that emphasizes parent/professional partnerships and sensitivity to families' unique strengths, priorities, and preferences.
At the heart of family-centered care is the recognition that parents are the constants in their children's lives. They hold the most complete understanding of each child's past, present and future.
Family-centered care is based on the belief that families are deeply caring and want to nurture and support their children. This approach entails rethinking attitudes about families and implementing pediatric practices according to family-identified needs, perspectives and choices.
Family-centered care requires a respectful, collaborative relationship with families, regardless of race, ethnicity, cultural background or socioeconomic conditions.
Characteristics that define family-centered care include:
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