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Patient and family resources
Patient and family resources

Family Advisory Network

Sitara de Gagne, Family Advisor at SickKids, talks about the importance of placing patients and families in the centre of all that we do and all that we plan to do.

Partnering with Children and Families at SickKids

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.​

Family Advisory Network

The Family Advisory Network (FAN) is a group of patients and family members 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 and development of hospital policies and procedures.     

Opportunities for Creating Change as an Advisor

We are Looking for New Advisors!  Get Involved!

  • Are you a patient or a family member involved in the care of a patient (includes parents, grandparents, siblings, etc.) and have experience with SickKids in the last five years?
  • Are you interested in working with staff and other families?
  • Are you committed to improving the experience of all patients and families?

If you answered "yes" to these questions, this may be a great opportunity for you!  Visit Apply Now to Join the Family Advisory Network to learn more about the application process and submit an application form.

Contact Us

For additional information about the Network or if you have any questions, please email family.advisory@sickkids.ca or call 416-813-7654 X228313.