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National. Approximately 600 chapters. Founded 1969. Offers mutual support, friendship and understanding for families grieving the death of a child of any age, from any cause. Provides information on the grieving process, referrals to local chapter meetings, online support community and publishes tri-annual magazine ($20/yr). Also has a sibling network. Offers 'virtual chapters' through an Online Support Community (live chats).
P.O. Box 3696
Oak Brook, IL 60522-3696
International. Over 230 chapters in the U.S., Canada and Costa Rica. Founded 1978. Support organization for families and friends of those who have died by violence. Newsletter 3 times a year. Court accompaniment also provided by many chapters. Parole Block Program and Second Opinion Service also available. Offers assistance in starting local chapters.
Parents of Murdered Children, Inc.
4960 Ridge Ave, Ste. 2
Cincinnati, OH 45209
Voice: 1-888-818-7662 or 513-721-5683 (Mon.-Fri., 8am-5pm EST)
National. 100 chapters. Founded 1977. Mutual support for bereaved parents and families whose lives have been touched by the tragic death of a baby through early pregnancy loss, stillbirth or in the first few months of life. Provides support toward positive resolution of grief experienced at the time of, or following, the death of a baby. Information, education and resources on the needs and rights of bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. Online newsletter, calendar of upcoming events, helpful hints for caregivers, chapter development opportunities and guidelines available on website. Online message board and chatrooms.
Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc.
402 Jackson St.
St. Charles, MO 63301-2893
Online. Founded 1983. Support for parents who have lost one or more children in multiple births.
(BILINGUAL) National. 80+ affiliated groups. Founded 1995. Designed to aid and support bereaved parents and their families who are struggling to survive their grief after the death of a child. Information and referrals, newsletter, phone support, conferences and support group meetings. Assistance and guidelines in starting groups.
Bereaved Parents of the USA
P.O. Box 95
Park Forest, IL 60466
International. 38 affiliated groups. Founded 1995. Offers emergency and on-going support for families before, during and after the death of a child of any age and from any cause. Provides information, referrals, phone support, newsletter, pen pals, literature, advocacy and online chatroom support. Information on local group development. Local support group listings online.
The MISS Foundation
77 E. Thomas Road, Ste. 112
Poenix, AZ 85012
Online. Resource for parents who have had to terminate a wanted pregnancy due to prenatal news such as severe birth defects or risk to the well-being of the mother. Parental stories, private discussion forums, and other related information.
Online. Provides neutral, non-judgmental, non-religion based, non-politically affiliated online support, information, resources, help and healing for women dealing with post abortion stress syndrome. Message boards, chat rooms and email lists.
PO Box 2275
Glen Burnie, MD 21060
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