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Pediatrics – Family Support Assessment Clinic


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:

  • a diagnosis of serious illness of a child or parent
  • an acute traumatic event including violence in the family or community
  • admission of an infant  to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • a non-medical traumatic event
  • a dramatic change in the family dynamic through death, divorce, separation or any other event.

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
2)  by increasing capacity to rally support from extended family, community, school, church, etc., which helps address isolation, a hallmark of traumatic loss

The Family Support Assessment Clinic works collaboratively with the pediatric clinician treating children whose families are experiencing trauma. In particular, we help clinicians:

  • help the parent more fully understand what the trauma means to the child
  • recognize symptoms of the stressor
  • use language more effectively
  • access additional resources when necessary

BMC’s Family Support Assessment Clinic helps families with children experiencing trauma. 
The clinic is staffed by a developmental and behavioral pediatrician and a mental health clinician. Referring providers are welcome to attend the visit if a team approach would be supportive.


Call: 617.414.3668
Fax: 617.414.7915

Boston Medical Center
Department of Pediatrics
Family Support Assessment
Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center
6th Floor
850 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118

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Call: 617.414.3668
Fax: 617.414.7915

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Boston Medical Center
Department of Pediatrics
Family Support Assessment
Vose Hall, 4th Floor
88 East Newton Street
Boston, MA 02118

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