For Families

Parents often feel a range of emotions when they first find out their child has a genetic condition/disability. This video will show how they were able to move from initial feelings of frustration, fear and helplessness to moving forward to a place of action. A special thank you to the Region 4 Midwest Genetics Collaborative family representatives who agreed to be filmed and share their stories.

Partnering with your Doctor: The Medical Home Approach is a guide to help families connect with their doctor, other medical professionals, and caregivers through a medical home. The guide is intended to be a user-friendly, hands-on tool to support families to move forward in obtaining and providing a medical home for their child. The guide provides definitions, examples, and tools to use when working with a doctor to develop a medical home and demonstrates how to seek culturally effective, compassionate care. It also provides a list of resources and links to organizations that support families and the medical home concept.

Now available in Spanish and Arabic. Please use the links below or contact us at to request hard copies of guide.

Partnering with your Doctor: The Medical Home Approach (Spanish Version)
Partnering with your Doctor: The Medical Home Approach (Arabic Version)

Transition Web Application:
Transition is a process…not an event, and should involve the family as well as anyone else who provides support and assistance to the youth. Region 4 has created a web application to assist young adults, parents and caregivers and providers, with transitioning to adult care particularly as it pertains to youth with special health care need due to a genetic condition. The easily accessible videos, tools and resources are provided specifically for Youth, Parents or Caregivers, and Providers, as well as general resources for anyone interested in learning about the transition process.

Click on the state links below to find out more information
about your state's genetics programs:



All newborns will receive state-of-the-art newborn screening and follow-up; children and youth with heritable disorders will have access to genetic expertise and coordinated care in the context of a medical home.

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