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― Maya Angelou
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Children’s Craniofacial Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1989, serves about 20,000 families per year. CCA’s mission is empowering and giving hope to individuals and families affected by facial differences. CCA envisions a world where all people are accepted for who they are, not how they look.
Governed by a board of directors, CCA also maintains an Honorary Medical Board composed of nineteen of the country’s most respected craniofacial reconstructive surgeons. A Medical Advisory Committee composed of specialists on craniofacial teams around the country, plays a vital role in CCA’s development of educational materials and other supporting activities. We aim to allocate at least 80% of our revenue generated to programs each year. In 2016, we achieved that goal with 82% of our expenses going to program activities. We operate with a lean staff, a dedicated board of directors, and volunteers and community partners across the US and beyond.
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 25,000 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 was founded to help these children, and today provides the support they need to lead positive, productive lives.
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