- Gender: F
- Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
- Location: Chattanooga, TN
- Occupation: Program Director
I work for FACES: The National Craniofacial Association, a national organization headquartered here in Chattanooga, TN. FACES: The National Craniofacial Association is a non-profit organization serving children and adults throughout the United States with severe craniofacial deformities resulting from birth defects, injuries, or disease. There is never a charge for any service provided by FACES.
Sometimes, there is not a specialized craniofacial team in the town in which a person lives; and therefore must travel away from home to attain the specialized reconstructive surgery and treatments. FACES provides financial assistance for expenses incurred while traveling away from home to an approved craniofacial center for reconstructive surgery and/or evaluation. This assistance is offered based on financial and medical need and includes transportation, lodging, and food. FACES also pays for one accompanying person for each trip.
FACES provides information on approximately 70 craniofacial medical centers in 27 of the 50 states. FACES provides referrals to other available resources and organizations, maintains up-to-date information on specific diseases or birth defects, and assists in getting families in touch with other families who have a child with the same disorder. By connecting these families, FACES gives them the means to alleviate the emotional isolation that is often felt by patient and family. By sharing information and providing support, FACES helps to build a framework in which clients and their families can cope.
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