Family Advisory Council

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Our mission

The goal of the Family Advisory Council is to ensure that patients and families are at the center of every decision made at Boston Children's Hospital that affects quality of care, safety, or patient experience. Our members are embedded in the fabric of the institution, serving on boards and committees and building meaningful partnerships with leadership and staff. Drawing on our lived experience as the parents of Boston Children's Hospital patients, we lead and promote family-centered initiatives at every level of the hospital, from the ICU to the cafeteria. We seek to have an impact, not just a voice.

Our mission is to ensure that patients and families are at the center of every decision made at Boston Children's Hospital.

Who we are

The Boston Children's Hospital Family Advisory Council comprises 20 parents of Boston Children's patients, along with several Boston Children's staff members. The council, which meets every month, is co-chaired by a parent and a staff member. All members complete an application and interview process and attend volunteer services training. Meet our members »

Our work

We view all of our work across Boston Children's as falling into three main categories: Advise/Share, Partner/Support, and Drive/Lead.

Using this framework, we've helped to shape a broad range of areas and activities at Boston Children's, including clinical care, research, technology, buildings and facilities, strategic planning, and more. You can find specific examples of our impact on our accomplishments page.

How to join

If you would like to get involved in with the Family Advisory Council, please contact us at or fill out our online form for more information. Interested applicants must be able to attend monthly evening meetings.

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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