FELSC Family Engagement and Leadership in Systems of Care

How do F2Fs help families?

Families of CYSHCN must work extra hard to achieve the best possible life for their child because the systems that serve their children are complex.  
To manage their children’s health, families of CYSHCN must: 

  • Get the right information about complex programs, policies, eligibility, and application processes.
  • Partner with their children’s doctors and other healthcare providers and understand treatment options.
  • Coordinate multiple healthcare services, get to frequent appointments, and manage medications and equipment.
  • Plan for out-of-pocket expenses for deductibles, co-pays, and uncovered health expenses.
  • Find services that meet their child’s changing needs.
  • Take care of the health and needs of the whole family.
Each F2F provides free and confidential assistance to families of CYSHCN, helping them:

  • Figure out how to respond to changes in policies, like getting or keeping Medicaid as the COVID Public Health Emergency ends.
  • Develop communication and advocacy skills to improve their relationships with healthcare professionals.
  • Coordinate healthcare providers to get the services their child needs.
  • Sign up for and understand insurance benefits.
  • Figure out which benefits their insurance will pay and find ways to meet needs that aren’t covered. Arrange respite care and coordinate care providers.
In addition to helping families learn more about how to navigate the healthcare system, F2Fs help families:

  • Find peer support and emotional support.
  • Increase awareness about disabilities.
  • Find services for specific disabilities or conditions such as autism or diabetes.
  • Participate in developing Section 504 plans, IEPs, and school-based health care to meet their child’s needs.
  • Integrate services for behavioral health and trauma.
  • Build their leadership skills.
Family Engagement and Leadership in Systems of Care (FELSC) is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number (U4000149). The information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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With families at the center of health care, all children and youth reach their full potential and health disparities are eliminated.

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Family Voices is a national organization and grassroots network of families and friends of children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities that promotes partnership with families—including those of cultural, linguistic and geographic diversity—in order to improve health care services and policies for children.

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