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Element 7: Implement Comprehensive Policies and Programs

This element recognizes the importance of implementing policies and programs that are comprehensive and that provide emotional and other necessary supports to the family. Providers play an important role in that they can not only refer the family for comprehensive services, but they can also serve as a voice for families in the development of additional resources which will meet the ongoing needs of the family. Practice Considerations

  • Ask families what they need (a checklist can help).
  • Inform families of available programs and resources; keep brochures and applications on hand.
A family-centered approach recognizes that the needs of the child cannot adequately be met unless the overall daily needs of the family are addressed. Accordingly, providers now play a vital role in the development of comprehensive services for the family which support them in meeting the specific needs of the child.