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Since 1996, the MISS Foundation C.A.R.E.S. for families experiencing the death of a baby or child at any age and from any cause:
More than 120,000 children die every year in the United States. Of those, more than 80% die before their first birthday. The MISS Foundation is a 501 (c) 3, volunteer based organization committed to providing crisis and long term support to families after the death of a baby or child. The MISS Foundation also participates in legislative and advocacy issues, community engagement and volunteerism, and culturally competent, multidisciplinary, education opportunities. We are the originators of the KIndness Project, which began in 1997 by our founder, Dr. Joanne Cacciatore.
We are place where families can feel connected to the others during their darkest hours.
Our vision is that our programs will serve to support and extend civic love and compassion to individuals, families, and communities when a child has died, and through education and research, help to reduce the number of child deaths. No family should have to endure the pain of a child's death alone: The MISS Foundation is committed to building supportive and mindful communities in memory of the children who lived, who died, and who continue- even in death- to matter.
"A community of sorrow is the strongest community of all."
We recognize that the death of a child at any age is one of life's most tragic experiences
We honor the sacredness of every member of the family
We value integrity, kindness and respect in all we do
We provide mindful, compassionate and respectful care of others and ourselves
We embrace the commitment of lifelong care in the aftermath of a child's death
We foster a healing environment in which individuals, families and communities may, when ready, experience a sense of hope for the future
We recognize the potential in human beings to emerge from their suffering, transformed, ready to help another
A Message from Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, Founder
Welcome to the MISS Foundation's online support site. If you are a family member experiencing the death of a child, we extend our deepest empathy. There simply are not words to express the depth of the sorrow...we are here to share the pain and we want you to know that we will walk with you.
There is so much to learn and see in the MISS Foundation website. In addition to the online support site, we also have face-to-face support groups in certain areas and HOPE Mentors available all over the world. Our Forums offer online support group board 24/7, fully moderated for safe space. We have sections for families with specialty information for dads, grandparents, and siblings. In our professionals section, there is information on our workshops and speakers available to present in your facility about many topics relating to child death. And we offer a bi-annual conference that brings families and professionals together to learn from each other.
And there is so much more information contained in our pages...take your time and browse. Feel free to ask questions
, and know that there is no greater tragedy than the death of a child. You do not walk alone.
Joanne Cacciatore, PhD