Frequently Asked Questions

Who founded Famous Fone Friends?
Famous Fone Friends was founded in 1986 by a group of Los Angeles IATSE Studio Teachers, using contacts with actors on childrens' shows to make personal connections with seriously ill children. (Studio Teachers are California credentialed Elementary and Secondary teachers who teach academics to California minors who work on television and film shows.)
What is the purpose of Famous Fone Friends?
The purpose of Famous Fone Friends is to connect seriously ill hospitalized and home-bound children with celebrities through phone calls or videos.
Who refers the children for calls from Famous Fone Friends celebrities?
Children who are called by Famous Fone Friends celebrities are referred by Child-Life Specialists (CLS) and Social Workers (SW) from hospitals throughout the country and Canada.
Is there a limit to the number of referrals a hospital can make?
There is no limit to the number of patients a Child-Life Specialist or Social Worker can refer, nor is there a limit to the number of calls a child may receive. A child can have many FFF celebrity callers, but only one call from a specific celebrity. He can receive multiple calls from different celebrities.
Approximately how many children have been called by FFF callers since its inception in 1986?
There have been thousands of connections made to seriously ill children by FFF callers since 1986.
Is there a fee for calls to children?
There is never a fee to families of children called or to hospitals who refer children. Famous Fone Friends is a 100% volunteer-run charity.
How is Famous Fone Friends funded?
Operating funds for Famous Fone Friends are from donations from Studio Teachers and other community supporters of FFF. Hospitals, families and celebrities are never solicited for donations. Famous Fone Friends runs on an annual budget of between $3,000 and $4,000; fund-raising is not necessary. Annual expenses include office expenses, literature and postage. Every child called is mailed a script from a favorite children's show. Everyone involved with Famous Fone Friends is a volunteer.
Is Famous Fone Friends tax-deductible?
Yes, Famous Fone Friends is a tax-deductible, 501(c)(3) charity.
If I am a CLS or SW or a member of a child's medical team, how can I refer a child?
Referrals can be made from the Referral Form submitted from this website. Or, referrals can be emailed to: famousfonefriends@gmail.com, including the following: 1. Child's name (first name only is ok) 2. Child's age 3. Brief description of child's medical condition (optional) 4. Parent's name and cell number 5. Hospital nurse's station number 6. Best time to call the child 7. Interests of the child (for conversations starters for FFF callers) 8. Three (3) choices of celebrities the child might like to hear from 9. Referring person's name and cell number 10. Hospital and state (especially important because of different time zones)
If I am a celebrity on a popular children's show or an athlete, how can I become a Famous Fone Friends caller?
If you would like to participate in Famous Fone Friends, email famousfonefriends@gmail.com. Indicate the show you are on, the name of the character you portray, or your sport and affiliated team name. Include the best means of contact. The commitment is for one telephone call or video (for the little ones, often shy on the phone). The policy of Famous Fone Friends is that a child will receive only one call from a specific celebrity, but may receive multiple calls from many different FFF callers. This prevents a child from becoming fixated on a specific celebrity.
How can I become a supporting member of Famous Fone Friends?
Donations are not solicited or encouraged from celebrities, families of children called or members of a child's medical team. But, if you are NOT a celebrity, a member of a child's hospital team, or a family member of a child called, you can send your tax-deductible donation to: Famous Fone Friends 9101 Sawyer Street Los Angeles, CA 90035 OR VENMO at Famous Fone Friends
Who are the Advisory Board Members of Famous Fone Friends?
The Famous Fone Friends Advisory Board consists of: 1. Dr. Robert Adler, Chief Medical Director of Education, Children's Hospital, Los Angeles 2. Matthew D. Loeb, International President, IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) 3. Carol Lombardini, President of AMPTP (Alliance of Motion picture and Television Producers) 4. David White, National Executive Director of SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) 5. Fred Savage, Actor, Director, original FFF caller
Who are the Famous Fone Friends volunteer staff members?
Linda Stone, Director Laurel Geare, Assistant Director Alisa Gichon, Celebrity Director Kelly Manthe, Tribute Coordinator Linda Resnick, Secretary Jeff Gross, Treasurer Kevin Berry, Website Coordinator