Event Details

How can an active Parent Advisory Committee enhance a Program's work with families?

What steps are needed to create and sustain an effective Parent Advisory Committee?

How can Programs prepare to share leadership with Program participants?

A Parent Advisory Committee is a leadership group of Program participants that provides input, guidance, and feedback to a Program on a regular basis. An active Parent Advisory Committee can be a highly effective method of supporting meaningful parent engagement, developing parent leadership skills, and supporting a Program's success.

Yet many Programs report struggling with managing Parent Advisory Committees. Funders often expect Programs to have them, yet less frequently ensure Programs have training and support to implement them well. Parents serving on these committees sometimes feel that their participation and contributions are not useful or valued.

The National Family Support Network has developed this training to address these challenges and maximize the great potential of Parent Advisory Committees. Whether Programs are exploring setting up a new Parent Advisory Committee, or seeking to strengthen an existing one, this training will provide staff with the strategies and tools to develop an effective one.

Please note: Check-in and continental breakfast with coffee will begin at 8:30 AM. The training will begin promptly at 9:00 AM, and doors will close at that time.

Who should participate?

  • Management and direct service staff who work with, or would like to develop, a Parent Advisory Committee. Key leadership of the Program should participate in order to be able to implement the model effectively. Teams are highly encouraged.

Participants will:

  • Identify the benefits and challenges of parent leadership development
  • Learn the key steps and timeline to create and sustain a Parent Advisory Committee
  • Begin action planning for developing or strengthening a Parent Advisory Committee


  • Andrew Russo, Co-Founder & Director, National Family Support Network

Payment Methods:

  • Credit Card: Through Eventbrite
  • Check: If you are a NFSN Member, government, or foundation representative and would like to pay by check, please contact Julie Matusick at [email protected] to let her know that you would like to pay by check. She can also provide an invoice, if needed. Please make checks payable to: “WRAG - NFSN” and send to: Katherine Anderson, National Family Support Network, 3908 N. Springfield Ave, Unit #1, Chicago, IL 60618. Registration is not confirmed until payment is received.
  • If you need the W9 of our fiscal sponsor, Washington Regional Area Grantmakers, please download it here.

Refund/Cancellation Policy:

  • If you cancel more than 5 days before the training, you will be refunded your registration fee less a $10 cancellation fee. If you cancel 0-5 days before the training date, no refund will be given.
  • The National Family Support Network reserves the right to cancel this training 7 days before the event if registration requirements are not met.


Contact Samantha Florey at [email protected] or (858) 354-4462.

  • When: Fri May. 18
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm

  • Address: 200 I Street SE (Entrance on the 2nd St SE side)
    Washington DC,US 20003

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