For Patients & Families

We help children create their future.

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With proper development and planning, the lives of children with chronic illness and disabilities can be extremely satisfying, productive and life impacting. Children’s Harbor Family Center is a hub for development and planning — including education, career development and transition planning.

Education

From hands-on services like tutoring and GED test prep to assistance with coordinating public and private resources, the Children’s Harbor Family Center provides children with opportunities to maximize their education.

Coordinated by Janice Crow, M. Ed., CLSP, children have access to education and job coaches as well as individual tutors to help them with study skills and test preparation including GED, High School Grad Exam, ACT and SAT exams. Online courses are also available for those that are geographically distanced or are unable to physically travel to the Family Center in Birmingham.

In addition, skills for college living, community and independent living and professional communication are available. Children are carefully evaluated and then a personalized curriculum and plan for educational development is put in place.

If you’re interested in learning more or would like to get involved in this program, email Janice Crow or call (205) 939-6608.

The Education, Career Development and Transition office is in the Children’s Harbor Family Center (Suite 200) at the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children in Birmingham.

Related: Read the article "Are Chronically Ill Teens Missing the Hidden Curriculum?".

Career Development

Youth, young adults and their families receive career development skills that offer tremendous advantages when seeking and evaluating career choices and opportunities. These skills build knowledge and self-determination that improve their ability to make life-forming decisions.

With a job coach at their side, those in the career development program will learn how to locate, evaluate and interpret career information and choices by participating in assessments that help uncover raw skills and interests, job shadowing and internships.

They can also learn vocational skills, computer and technology skills, networking and entrepreneurship skills through in-house training and in partnership with mentors and other regional businesses and associations.

If you’re interested in learning more or would like to get involved in this program, email Janice Crow or call (205) 939-6608.

The Education, Career Development and Transition office is in the Children’s Harbor Family Center (Suite 200) at the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children in Birmingham.

Related: Read the article "Creating A Career Path As A Chronically Ill Young Adult".

Transitions

Planning for a transition starts early and is a gradual process. It takes a team spirit and that’s why Children’s Harbor's success rate is so great. We work with you to find and coordinate all the services needed to move from dependence to independence.

Transitioning an individual with a chronic illness or special need is a gradual process of moving them from dependence to independence. This process takes planning, coordination and a team to deliver the successful outcome we all strive for.

Planning for a transition starts as early as the diagnosis and is a process that often takes many years, even after high school graduation. It encompasses all facets of life — health care, education, employment, housing, finance, socialization, recreation and community skills, to name a few.

We’re here to assist with collaboration and networking regional consultants, healthcare professionals, insurance systems, rehabilitation and education programs, as well as other professionals and recommended services so that we can all come together in fulfilling the dreams of each individual.

If you’re interested in learning more or would like to get involved in this program, email Janice Crow or call (205) 939-6608.

The Education, Career Development and Transition office is in the Children’s Harbor Family Center (Suite 200) at the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children in Birmingham.

Related: Read the article "Practical Things Your Teen Should Know How To Do Before Leaving Home".