Children's Craniofacial Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1989, in Dallas, Texas, and serves about 20,000 families per year, plus an additional 10,000 unaffected students each year in classrooms around the country through our educational outreach.
A craniofacial disorder refers to an abnormality of the face and/or the head. Craniofacial differences can result from abnormal growth patterns of the face or skull, which involves soft tissue and bones. A craniofacial condition may include disfigurement brought about by birth defect, disease, or trauma. Each year, more than 50,000 children in the United States are either born with or develop a craniofacial condition. Their parents and families try to understand what they have and how to help them. Parents struggle to cope with the emotional and physical aspects of having a child with craniofacial anomalies and the social alienation of appearing different.
CCA disseminates information to educate craniofacial patients and their families, health care providers, and the general public regarding craniofacial conditions. CCA also promotes public awareness of craniofacial conditions and social acceptance of individuals with facial differences. Craniofacial patient families often call CCA to seek emotional support, discuss problems, and identify resources. Through our database we are able to network families with support groups and/or others who have similar conditions and experiences. We also keep a list of helpful resources and are always willing to listen and offer emotional support to family members who need a shoulder to lean on.
Funding to support our critical Financial Assistance Fund for medical travel costs for our CCA Kids and Families in the DFW area.