Family Advisory Council
What is the Family Advisory Council?
The Family Advisory Council (FAC) is a group of current and former Howard Center family members and other interested individuals that meets monthly. Family members lead the meetings and Howard Center staff also participate.
The FAC is a forum for families to share needs and concerns about programming for children and families. It is a link among families, the agency, and Howard Center's Board of Trustees. The FAC serves as the Board's Local Standing Committee, as required by regulations of the Department of Mental Health.
What does the FAC do?
The FAC provides a link between families and Howard Center. It advocates for family-friendly programs and services. Throughout the year, the group
- shares views and concerns about programs, services, planning, and evaluation for children and families
- receives timely updates about programs and services for children and families
- offers advice and advocates on matters of public policy that affect families and clients
- educates members of the Howard Center Board and Community at large about children's and families' needs
- participates on hiring committees for key Howard Center staff
- reviews quarterly outcome reports for Howard Center programs
- annually reviews and comments on consumer complaints related to child and family services
When does the FAC meet?
The FAC meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 6:00 - 7:30 P.M.
Location: 1138 Pine Street in Burlington.
Transportation and child care support are available as needed.
Be part of a group that makes a difference!
The FAC welcomes new members and values your views on current programs and future directions of Howard Center. Visit a meeting and try us out. Remember, you are not alone.
For more information, contact:
Ptarmigan Abbott - CYFS Operations Coordinator, FAC Contact
What is the FAC?
It's a place where you can share your concerns:
I want to be able to give a voice to all those parents and children who do not get the opportunity to speak for themselves. -Nancy Bigelow, Parent and former FAC member
It's a way to affect programs:
We invited legislators, the governor, and state leaders to our meetings to discuss our children's needs. We advocated at the state house for funding for emergency beds, respite money, and more case managers. We felt like we had a voice in shaping programs, and legislators learned first-hand about the challenges we faced. -Katherine Connolly, Parent and Howard Center Board member
It's a way to shape policy:
We testified about the need for emergency residential care other than hospitalization before the House Human Services Committee in Montpelier. They asked good questions and really listened. -Gillian Eaton, Parent and FAC member
Family Advisory Council Minutes
To read minutes from previous FAC Meetings, click here.