For Families Overview

The "For Families" pages provide useful tools, resources, and information aimed to assist patients and their families in ensuring access to the medical home model of care. Through the medical home model, a pediatrician and the entire practice team provide patient- and family-centered care through a trusting, collaborative, working partnership with families, respecting their diversity, and recognizing that they are the constant in a child’s life.


NEW: Affordable Care Act Plain Language Fact Sheets for Families

Created by the National Center for Medical Home Implementation and the Catalyst Center, these four plain language fact sheets explain specific provisions of the Affordable Care Act which benefit children and youth with special health care needs. Topics include:

Building Your Care Notebook
The Building Your Care Notebook is an organizing tool for families and will help you keep track of important information. Care Notebooks are very personal to your child and ideally should be customized to reflect your child's medical history and current information.

Bright Futures Family Resources
Bright Futures is not just for health professionals - it is also useful for families and all who are concerned with promoting and protecting children's health. Bright Futures materials for families are available on a wide range of mental, physical, and emotional health issues for children from the prenatal months through age 21. The Bright Futures Theme Sheets for Families are informative one-pagers for each of the ten Bright Futures themes that recur in all stages of child development, such as community relationships and injury prevention.

Community & State Resources
This page houses information on the various resources that exist to support patients and their families at the community and state levels. is the official Web site for parents from the AAP. It is the only parenting Web site backed by 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

How to Partner with Your Physician
This page provides resources to assist patients and their families in creating a meaning family-centered partnership with their physician and pediatric care team.