Effective partnerships between families and professionals are the foundation of family-centered care. Effective family professional partnerships mean that families and professionals work together in the best interest of the child and the family. As the child grows, s/he assumes a partnership role. Professionals and families respect the skills and expertise that they each bring to the relationship and build a trusting relationship. Communication and information is shared openly and objectively. Families and professionals make decisions together and negotiate effectively when needed. Studies show that when families and professionals make decisions together, health care improves.
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