Families often experience complicated psycho-social issues when a child or parent is diagnosed with a serious illness or there are other traumatic events within a family.
For example, it is not unusual for any of the following to trigger a family crisis, which invariably has serious consequences for children:
In each of these cases, families are understandably overwhelmed. The mission of the Family Support Assessment Clinic at Boston Medical Center, part of the Department of Pediatrics, is to provide families appropriate information that will serve children affected by such events in two ways:
1) by preparing parents to cope with the stressor that precipitated the crisis
The Family Support Assessment Clinic works collaboratively with the pediatric clinician treating children whose families are experiencing trauma. In particular, we help clinicians: