The Family Resource Centers are a place for families raising children with special needs to find knowledge and support as they navigate through their health care journey. While the Long Beach Family Resource Center is located in Miller Children’s Hospital and supports patients and their families who are hospitalized, services are also available to all families in the community. Parent support initiatives, such as the Parent-to-Parent Mentor Program, Supporting Kids With Diabetes (SKWD), Type 1 Diabetic Playgroup and the March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program, are designed to support parents while their child is hospitalized and serve as a supportive resource, building a sense of "community" after discharge.
The Family Resource Centers offer families the opportunity to conduct research, read books and watch videos about their children’s conditions, stay in touch with family members via e-mail or enjoy a fresh cup of coffee.
A Care Notebook is a tool for parents, families and caregivers to use to maintain the health, school and service records of their child with special needs. You will find that this Care Notebook will help to empower you to be an active participant in your child’s care by better understanding your child’s conditions, treatments and medications.
The “Warmline” is part of the Family Resource Center and provides a 24-hour-a-day bilingual phone system for parent-to-parent support, information and referral. This line is operated by trained parents. Parents and professionals can leave a message and their call will be returned within 48 hours. The telephone number is (562) 933-8048.
The Long Beach Family Resource Center is located in the Van Kamp Library on the second floor of Miller Children’s Hospital across from the elevators. There is a satellite office of the Long Beach Family Resource Center located at Miller West, just outside the double doors of the unit.