Within the pediatric medical home, the individualized health care needs and services for the family are prioritized, especially among families with one or more adult caregivers, such as birth parents, foster and kinship caregivers. A successful family-provider collaboration through the pediatric medical home depends on creating and nurturing a partnership where families and health care professionals work together to achieve the health and recovery goals for the entire family.
Families are in charge for implementing the next steps in care after the office visit; therefore, it is important that health care professionals listen to them, learn from their perspective, and engage them as primary partners in health promotion. A strength-based approach can support birth parents with OUD in increasing their self-efficiency in attending to their child’s needs and following the clinical recommendations and treatment plan.
Open communication and nonjudgmental attitudes forge a therapeutic alliance and can encourage birth parents with OUD to address all their concerns during the office visits.
Strength-based approaches encompass empathetic care that highlights and celebrates a family’s smallest triumphs, treatment, and recovery milestones. Drawing on strengths can increase parental and family resilience and boost confidence that recovery is possible.