The NICU Family Advisory Council (NFAC), founded in 2006, is a vital and respected group composed of parents of former NICU babies and current NICU managers and staff. The role of the NICU Council is best expressed in its mission statement.
The mission of the Family Advisory Council is to form a partnership between NICU families and NICU staff in order to advocate for a NICU environment that is developmentally supportive and family-centered. The key role of the Council is to provide the perspective and voice of NICU families in the creation of policies and procedures that promote an optimal healing environment for babies and support families and staff.
If you are the parent of a NICU graduate and would like to be considered for the NICU Council, please review the information below and fill out an application at the bottom of the page. Upon receipt of your application and once a position on the council opens, you will be contacted to schedule an interview.
Please note: Although our passion for our work on the NICU Council springs from how deeply our lives have been touched by our NICU experience, the NICU Council is not designed to be a support group. We strive to let our experiences inform our contribution in meetings, looking beyond the personal to effectively advocate for and represent families who are and will be in the NICU. We are not able to offer membership on the NICU Council to everyone who applies. The NICU Council tries to balance the Council's membership in order to have a variety of NICU experiences in the member families. If you have any questions regarding the NICU Council or the application process, contact us.
There are nine meetings per calendar year. The Council meets monthly from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm via Zoom. When in-person meetings resume, dinner is provided. The Council does not meet in July, August, or January.
If you are interested in joining the NICU Family Advisory Council, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information:
Holidays in the NICU can be difficult. We help families celebrate their first holidays with themed photo shoots and events.
Nutrition is important for parents to remain healthy and strong for their baby. Our Feeding Families initiative assures no parent goes hungry by providing meals and grab-and-go snacks.
Reading promotes parent-child bonding while enhancing brain development. Books are distributed through our Book for Babies program to encourage reading in the NICU.
We host a Family Fun Day open to all NICU families, celebrating NICU graduates and their families.
Want to be informed when the next Family Fun Day is scheduled? Email us at email@example.com and include your name and mailing address.
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