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SOCIAL WORKERS

• First to meet with the family to assess the patient/family coping style and support systems available to help them through a devastating diagnosis
• Problem solvers for the non-medical issues related to childhood illnesses
• Skilled at crisis intervention, helping patients/families adapt to a medical diagnosis and assist with providing resources to meet basic needs
• Instrumental in helping families navigate the health care system
• Have legal and ethical responsibility to advocate for the appropriate care of children
• Collaborate with community organizations to obtain appropriate resources for patients/families
• Offer support for each referral received based on need