Center for Infant &Child Losshttp://www.infantandchildloss.org
For over 35 years the Center for Infant and Child Loss has honored the commitment of assuring that Maryland families facing the sudden and unexpected loss of their infant or child (0 to 16 years of age) have access to bereavement intervention, counseling, and information based on best practices and current research. These services are provided to families at no cost. The Center is dedicated to the education and training of persons working in health and child care, emergency response, law enforcement, and community services to promote awareness and knowledge of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), other sudden infant/child deaths, and practices to reduce the risk of those deaths. The Center has 5 key goals highlighted to assure the mission and vision is carried out with consistency and integrity. Those goals are as follows: Goal I: Provide bereaved families access to intervention, counseling and information. Goal II: Facilitate parent support and peer outreach. Goal III: Collect, analyze, and distribute timely and accurate data for SIDS as well as other sudden/unexpected child deaths. Goal IV: Educate health providers, public safety officials and other public-at-large about SIDS, infant and child death, risk reduction, grief, and compassionate intervention/ interviewing. Goal V: Facilitate research on SIDS and other child death related issues.