Family-centered care is an approach to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among health care providers, patients and families.​​

​Family-centered care is a respectful family/professional partnership that honors the strengths, cultures, traditions and expertise that everyone brings to the relationship. Family-centered care is the standard of practice which results in high quality services.​​

A medical home provides family-centered care through a trusting, collaborative, working partnership with families, respecting their diversity, and recognizing that they are the constant in their child’s life.​

Remember: Family-centered care means treating family members as equals on the health care team and using family input/feedback to initiate change within the practice.​

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American Academy of Pediatrics