Join the Family Forum

Family Forum application (PDF)

Send your completed application form to:

Beth Lewis, Family Forum co-chair
Director, Family Service and Resources
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
One Children's Hospital Drive
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

If you have questions or to make a referral, please call or e-mail Beth Lewis at 412-692-5489 or


Family members do not need any specific experience other than having had a child who was or is cared for at Children's Hospital to serve as a member, but the following qualities are important:

  • Ability to communicate and work with families and staff whose backgrounds, experience, and styles may be different than yours
  • A positive approach and ability to share and see many different points of view
  • Good listening skills
  • Enthusiasm about the hospital’s mission of excellence in patient care, education, and research
  • Ability to share both positive and negative experiences in a constructive way

Commitment required

In general, members can expect to have a minimum of 10 meetings at the hospital each year. Memberships are for either one- or two-year terms, allowing one half of the membership to remain as experienced advisors while offering shorter commitments to accommodate a family’s needs. Nominees who wish to participate with a shorter time commitment may wish to apply for subcommittee activities.

Family Forum members are reimbursed for child care expenses and parking or transportation.