County Family and Children First Councils are required to have at least three family representatives who are not employed by an agency represented on council and whose children are or have received services from an agency represented on the council. Where possible, the number of family representatives should equal 20% of the council's membership.
Families should be seen as equal partners and be considered a critical part of the FCFC. Families should be properly oriented to FCFC and be provided with a clear role for serving as a mandated member. When seeking input on key decisions, a broad representation of families should be sought out and encouraged to provide feedback.