Family Advisory Council


The Family Advisory Council is a diverse group of families whose children are present or past patients of Children's. Council members represent a wide range of inpatient and outpatient experiences to help enhance the quality of child and family care experiences at Children's. Specifically, council members:

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate service and facility standards.
  • Communicate with management the recommendations and concerns expressed by parents, family members, parent associations, and others.
  • Advise on policy review.
  • Promote family-centered care.
  • Support program development.

The council meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m., alternating locations between the Minneapolis and St. Paul hospital campuses. If you would like to observe a council meeting, or have suggestions for future agenda topics, please e-mail us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Family Resources and Materials

The Family Advisory Council publishes a wide range of documents and resource materials to help educate families and staff on the work of the council, to connect families in need of support and information, recognize staff who demonstrate a commitment to family-centered care, and more.

2008 and 2009 Family Involvement Report [PDF]
An overview of the work and involvement of the Family Advisory Council.

Introducing the Family Advisory Council [PDF]
An introduction to the council, with an overview of council members and their families.

A Resource Guide For Families From Families [PDF]
Members of the Family Advisory Council prepared this guide to share important information and resources members have found to be helpful. While this packet may contain only some of the information you’ll need, many found it a great place to start.

Excellence in Family-Centered Care Award Nomination
Created by the Family Advisory Council to give families an opportunity to recognize and honor care providers who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to family-centered care. Download a PDF of the nomination form

Family Advisory Council: A chance to bring about positive change [PDF]
One page, two-sided brochure that explains the role of the Family Advisory Council and how to become a member.

Children’s Medical Organizer
Record and store your child's - and your family's - medical and health information in one place. Use the free Organizer if your child has a complex medical history or goes to the doctor only occasionally. You are in charge of the information. It's your own personal health record. Put in as little or as much as you want in this free, secure, easy-to-use Web site.

Other Support Material by Children’s
For other materials prepared by Children’s view the Patient/Family Education Materials page, the Parenting Resources page, or contact the Family Resource Center in Minneapolis or St. Paul. 

Join the Family Advisory Council

You have important views and experiences that cannot be taught in any other way. Consider the opportunity to contribute your unique perspective as a member of the Family Advisory Council. FAC has completed recruiting for January 2008 membership; however, applications are always welcome for consideration for the following year's recruiting period. Becoming a council member is a four-step process:

  1. Learn about the time commitment and expectations of participation and training.
  2. Submit the two-page member application form (PDF), background check (PDF), and one-page HIPAA Quiz (PDF).
  3. Interview with the Family Advisory Council recruitment committee (scheduled by the recruitment committee).
  4. The council communicates new–member election results in December.