Family Advisory Council

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The Family Advisory Council (FAC) is comprised of 20 parents of Boston Children’s patients, along with several Boston Children’s staff members. The FAC is co-chaired by a staff member and a parent. All members complete an application and interview process and attend volunteer services training.

The goal of the FAC is to give a voice to patients and families in hospital decisions that impact patient care, including quality, safety and service. The FAC works to:

  • promote the values of patient- and family-centered care

  • best meet the needs and priorities of hospital patients and their families

  • collaborate as partners with hospital staff in the planning and operation of programs

  • serve as advisors on hospital committees to give a patient/family perspective

  • encourage strong relationships between patients, families and staff

  • address specific hospital policies and procedures

  • present and discuss special topics of concern

  • participate in hospital activities, special programs and educational events

The FAC meets every month. Boston Children’s staff members give presentations and request input during these evening meetings. Committee work often is often completed between meetings.


Family Advisory Council Strategies

The Family Advisory Council (FAC) has developed three ways that it can best partner with the hospital.


The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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