Having a child with special healthcare needs means becoming his or her voice. Advocacy means providing your expertise and experience in support of an issue or need on behalf of yourself or others. Following a devastating injury or debilitating illness, families are expected to make critical decisions regarding the care and safety of a loved one in spite of often having limited resources, knowledge and finances. Parents and healthcare providers, working together, can play an important role in helping to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life for children with special healthcare needs.
The Complex Care Center at Cincinnati Children's provides resources and tools to help parents and healthcare professionals learn the skills needed to become informed, strong advocates.