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Kids KC

Graphic of four hands reaching for a heart and the words: PFAC patient family advisory council KIDS-KC

The Kids and Families Impacting Disease through Science, or KIDS initiative, is an advisory group of teens and families focused on understanding, communicating and improving the process of medical innovation and research experiences for children. KIDS KC is a member of the International Children’s Advisory Network (iCAN) and is based out of Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City MO.

Contact Us

KIDS KC facilitators: 

Amanda Woelk
Child Life Manager
(816) 234-3702

Melissa Pulis
Child Life Director
(816) 234-3537





  • Members are ages 13 -18 years old and are currently patients at Children’ Mercy (membership may extend beyond age 18 if still a current patient). 

  • Members will participate on a minimum of 1 additional teen board (TAB or HOT) through Children’s Mercy.

  • The board consists of a minimum of eight members.

  • Members should not miss more than 60% of meetings due to unexcused absences.

  • Members will display mutual respectful behaviors at all times.

  • Members will maintain good attendance and good efforts at school.



  • The board will meet once every month on Monday evenings. There may be additional meetings due to special events.

  • The meetings will be 1 hour in length at a predetermined location.

  • The meeting and agenda will be distributed to all parties.

Parental involvement


  • Parents support their teen’s involvement in the KIDS KC Board

  • Parents may be asked to participate and give feedback at times during meetings. The opportunities will be scheduled in advance.

  • The parent(s) assumes responsibility for transporting to the meetings and activities. 

  • The parent authorization form allowing pictures of the board members to be taken will be signed. These pictures may be used for various projects and publicity.