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Structure & Spark!
Building Family-Professional Partnerships to Improve Care for Children with Special Health Needs

The Family-Professional Partners Institute and the Massachusetts Consortium for Children with Special Health Care Needs, Programs of New England SERVE, June 2008

In its role as a partnership broker,the Family-Professional Partners Institute has facilitated 16 successful partnerships and created an active family-professional partnership network. This 116-page publication incorporates the best knowledge gained from that experience.

  • Part I, The Brokered Partnership Model, outlines the Institute’s evolution and its activities as a partnership broker.
  • Part II, Brokering Family-Professional Partnerships, offers a more detailed look at each of these activities, from assessing an organization’s partnership readiness, to training the Family Partners for their role, to making contractual arrangements and beyond.
  • Part III, Building a Partnership Network, describes the Institute’s additional efforts to promote family-professional partnership, and offers some words of wisdom for becoming a partnership broker.

There are also two appendices. The first gives the reader a concise description of each of the Institute’s partnerships, while the second provides sample print materials developed by the Institute, which readers can adapt for their own use.

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