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The mission of AmeriFace is to provide information and emotional support to individuals with facial differences and their families and increase public understanding through awareness programs and education. We support individuals whose facial differences are present at birth, as well as those who have acquired facial differences as a result of illness, disease or trauma, such as stroke, cancer, accident and burns.
AmeriFace was founded in 1991 to provide educational and emotional support to persons born with craniofacial anomalies and their families. The organization soon expanded to also serve persons with acquired facial differences due to burns, trauma and disease, and in 2004 partnered with cleftAdvocate under the same corporate umbrella. Programs also include support networks for Crouzon, Goldenhar and Treacher Collins syndromes.
Services include referrals to qualified cleft/craniofacial teams, access to educational materials about these medical conditions, emotional support for affected individuals and their families, a campaign to promote general public awareness about facial differences and the networking of individuals and families for support purposes.
Our programs provide educational and networking opportunities for families on a daily basis through the Pathfinder Outreach Network, a nationally-recognized program offering a toll-free support hotline, on-line support forums , comprehensive websites, newborn outreach programs at area birthing hospitals throughout the country, an annual family conference and periodic newsletters.
Volunteer staff and peer counselors strive to educate medical and other professionals about the needs of families, both medical and emotional. We work to see a time that no newborn is sent home from the hospital without a proper feeding device and a referral to a cleft/craniofacial team.
We address healthcare disparities in the craniofacial patient population by educating families about the need for interdisciplinary team care and by helping to secure insurance coverage and/or other medical financing through social programs and like-minded charities. We look forward to a time when insurance coverage will not be a battle of "cosmetic" versus "reconstructive" or "medical" versus "dental."
By increasing public awareness, it is our goal to see a time very soon when persons with facial differences are accepted for who they are, and are not judged by their appearance by the general public, educators, employers, and even members of their own families.
AmeriFace is a 100% volunteer-run non-profit organization, including all staff members. The organization delivers more than 92% of every dollar donated directly to programs.
AmeriFace is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity (#32-0085490).
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