FCRC Services & Programs

Child & YoutH Interactive Media Program

The Child & YoutH Interactive Media Program uses computers, video games, and other technology to support the care of children and families in the hospital. The program not only provides therapeutic play, but also enables youth and families to connect with school, friends and home.

Community Education Service

The Community Education Service (CES) provides parents/caregivers and other community members with opportunities to access free, evidence-informed education sessions and resource materials to address child, youth, and family health and mental health needs.

Emily's Backyard (Child Care)

Emily's Backyard is a playroom on the main floor of the hospital, for patients and siblings of patients. Professional staff and volunteers engage children of all ages in fun activities in a safe and caring environment.

Family to Family Connections

Family to Family Connections helps families connect with other families who have experienced a similar event, procedure or diagnosis with their child. This one-to-one peer support is provided by volunteer families who can offer a listening ear, share their experiences and suggest resources.

Family Library

Child Health Information Services - books, videos and resources on a variety of child health topics are available in the Family Library.

Family Support Services

Family Support Specialists provide families with emotional support, resources and community connections. They help out-of-town families find a place to stay or with referrals to Ronald McDonald House and work closely with healthcare staff to help families with parking and meals on an as needed basis.

Gifts in Kind

Donations of toys, books, crafts and other types of items to the Alberta Children's Hospital are common, and these are referred to as 'gifts-in-kind'. For more information on donating toys or for the gift in kind wish list, please contact the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation office at 403-955-8818 or at

Indigenous Hospital Liaison Services

The Indigenous Hospital Liaison works with patients and families at the Alberta Children's Hospital.

Office Centre

A photocopier, Internet access, fax services and free private telephones with long distance capabilities are available to families. The Family & Community Resource Centre public fax number is 403-955-7230.

Patient and Family Centred Care

This is an opportunity for families and health care professionals to work collaboratively as partners in care to support, promote, guide, and advance Patient and Family Centred Care. If you are interested in finding out more information, please contact us at

Therapeutic Clown Program

Through imagination, play and distraction strategies, Therapeutic Clowns offer a unique form of support to children and families in the hospital. They also provide special de-stressing activities such as Laugher Yoga, Face Painting or Origami.