At Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, your input matters - whether your child is a patient in our clinics, or has spent time in the hospital. There are lots of ways that you can help make the Children's experience better for patients and families like you.

Families as Partners promotes, coordinates, and supports family involvement throughout Children's. Some of the volunteer programs include the Family Advisory Council, Family Advocates, and Family Advisors, and the Youth Advisory Council.

Be a family partner. Contact Tessa Billman, patient family-centered care coordinator, at 612-813-7407 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Family-to-Family Program

Use your experience to help other families by offering:

  • Encouragement
  • Emotional support
  • Non-medical information

jackie brorson and family

"When our son was admitted to the NICU we spent numerous weeks in his room, doing his cares, and waiting for answers. Now that he is healthy I reached out to Families as Partners so I could give back to the hospital that gave us so much. Being able to walk through the NICU and support other families who are going through a difficult time, or see them on their way out the door has been so rewarding as a parent who has been there."
- Jackie Brorson, Family-to-Family program volunteer


Family Advisory Council

The Family Advisory Council is a group of families whose child is a patient at Children's clinics, or their child has spent time in the hospital. As a member of the Family Advisory Council, you can help make the Children's experience better for patients and families like you by:

  •     Reviewing Children's policies
  •     Sharing the recommendations and concerns expressed by parents, family members, and others
  •     Promoting patient and family-centered care
  •     Supporting program development

FAC application

FAC Profile Summary


eleanor and family

"As difficult as it is to experience the hospitalization of your child, it feels good to put those experiences and knowledge to work on behalf of other families. It is very rewarding to share families' experiences with hospital staff so that together we can improve patient and family care at Children's." - Eleanor, Family Advisory Council Chairperson

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Family Advocates

Be an advocate for Children's patients by:

  • Influencing public policies
  • Developing Children's policies
  • Being involved in advocacy events

veronica stolz and family low res

"When our family participated in Family Advocacy Days in Washington DC, we realized that our tiny daughter's journey can be a catalyst for great change. We were so happy to offer her story as a lens through which our elected officials can take a closer look at the policy decisions they are making.." - Veronica, Family Advocate


Family Advisors

Family Advisors are designated family representatives involved in committees, design teams, unit advisory councils, experience teams, policy groups, family panels, family focus groups and family testimonial events.

jody low res

"Participating on the Cystic Fibrosis Family Council (CFFC) has been a great opportunity as a parent to partner with my daughter's care team to enhance our life experiences as well as other patients and families living with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). In an effort to support these families, the team developed a brochure, Traveling with CF, to help families prepare for and enjoy traveling." - Jody, Cystic Fibrosis Family Council


Youth Advisory Council

The Youth Advisory Council is a group of patients and siblings who provide feedback on issues related to healthcare experiences that are important to children and teens. They work in partnership with Child Life staff.


Get involved

Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , patient family-centered care coordinator • 612-813-7407
Or email:
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We welcome applications from all interested families.