The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care (IPFCC) takes pride in providing essential leadership to advance the understanding and practice of patient- and family-centered care. By promoting collaborative, empowering relationships among patients, families, and health care professionals, IPFCC facilitates patient- and family-centered change in all settings where individuals and families receive care and support. Its mission is to advance the understanding and practice of patient- and family-centered care, in partnership with patients, families, and health care professionals, integrating these concepts into all aspects of health care. IPFCC envisions a profound change in the way health care is provided to individuals and their families. In every encounter, health and human service professionals will seek to build on the strengths of patients and families, enhancing their confidence and competence. The health care delivery system will recognize and encourage patient and family strengths, choice, and independence.