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Family Advisory Network

At SickKids, partnership is about engaging children and families, according to their preference, in an authentic way. This means working hand-in-hand with patients and their families to bring their voices to the table, to learn from their experiences navigating care, and to seek their input in the design of our services and spaces, and in priority-setting and policy-making.​ 

The Family Advisory Network (FAN) is a group of patientsfamily members and caregivers who volunteer their time in person and from home to make SickKids a better place. Advisors provide a unique perspective and make a difference at all levels of the hospital. For example, they can impact the way staff care for patients at the bedside, advise on the design of our spaces, and lead discussions in development of hospital policies and procedures.      

Are you interested in joining the FAN?

We are currently looking for new Patient and Family Advisors! With so many ways to get involved and contribute, membership in the FAN is a great opportunity to make an impact at SickKids. The FAN supports both in-person and virtual engagement in care, research, and education.  

FAN Programs

There are a variety of ways that we engage patients, families and caregivers here at SickKids.

Expand the sections below to browse our separate advisory councils for both children and families.

Kids Helping Kids 

The Children’s Council is a group of patients and siblings, ages nine to 17, who work together to make SickKids a better place. Their goal is to centre the child and youth voice and perspective in all SickKids programs and projects. They provide feedback on hospital initiatives, and even lead select projects that make the patient and family experience better. 

Some of the 2019/2020 Children's Council members.
PICTURE (will update in September)

The Children’s Council is looking for new members! 

  • Are you between the ages of nine and 17? 
  • Do you work well with others in a group? 
  • Do you have great ideas for positive change at SickKids? 
  • Do you want to learn new things about the hospital? 
  • Do you have a desire to help others?
  • Would you be able to attend meetings on the 4th Tuesday evening of every month? 

Nominate yourself or someone you know to be on the Children's Council. 

SickKids Children's Council Nomination Form (PDF)

The Family-Centred Care Advisory Council (FCCAC) is council comprised of Patient and Family Advisors and staff who are committed to enhancing child and family-centred care at SickKids. The FCCAC meet regularly to advise on various hospital policies, initiatives, and plans. 

26 Members of the Family Advisory Council
Our Family-Centred Care Advisory Council

Contact the SickKids Family Advisory Network

For additional information about the Family Advisory Network and our programs and initiatives, please email

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