The purposes of this study were to: (a) describe the characteristics of families with children who require apnea monitors in the home setting; (b) describe the family functioning characteristics and coping patterns of families with children on apnea monitors; and (c) describe the relationship between family functioning and coping patterns in these families. This descriptive study focused on families of 22 children ranging in age from 8 to 64 months who required home apnea monitoring. Interview results indicate that these families are high in adaptability and average in cohesion. Results also describe families who perceive themselves as coping adequately. Analysis of the data reveals significant correlations among family functioning scores and coping pattern subscale scores. Findings from this study support the importance of understanding the role of family functioning and coping patterns of families with children on home apnea monitoring. Information from this study can assist nurses in planning comprehensive family-centered care.