Los Angeles MISS Foundation

Los Angeles Chapter

Our facilitators, volunteers, and members strive to create a community of support, compassion, validation, and emotional safety. The death of a child is an unimaginable experience that comes with many complex emotions. We provide bereaved families with an automatic connection to others who have walked in these shoes, because no one should feel alone in traveling through their grief journey.

The MISS Foundation

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.

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.

Currently, we offer a monthly support group over Zoom (with a plan to re-start in-person meetings in West LA soon), an annual memorial event in December, a gathering in the Spring, resources for families, training opportunities for professionals, and regular availability of our facilitators in between our monthly meetings.