Florida SIDS Alliance
History of the Florida SIDS Alliance
In 1985, the Florida SIDS Alliance was formed through the efforts of SIDS parent groups and concerned professionals. This group of parents, families, friends and professionals have united to form a network of caring people, sharing their strength, their love and concern about SIDS.
Because SIDS occurs unexpectedly, and usually at home, nearly every parent feels in some way responsible for the baby’s death, until the facts are explained. The sudden and unexpected nature of SIDS, and the investigation which follows, may provoke serious feelings of guilt, self-recrimination and inadequacy. Parents need information about SIDS and reassurance that the feelings they are experiencing are normal and part of the total healing process after such a traumatic loss.
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- Parent-to-parent contact for parents and families of SIDS and other infant deaths.
- Online support at Facebook at SIDSLoop.
- Referrals to other agencies and professional services.
- Educational programs for nurses, physicians, paramedics, firefighters, police officers, funeral directors, clergy, high schools, day care providers, interested individuals and community groups.
- Bereavement library.
- Media public service announcements.
The mission of the Florida SIDS Alliance is:
|To establish a reliable, continuous source of assistance to parents who lose a child suddenly and unexpectedly, and particularly in all cases due to SIDS, that shall occur principally in the state of Florida. To provide a local center for information and referral networking to those who may inquire about the syndrome, and specifically, to assist recent SIDS/sudden infant death parents by giving them information to be shared with those affected by the loss;|
||To sponsor educational campaigns to and for medical, professional, and general communities, whereby both professionals and the general public will be made aware of the following (i) that SIDS is the leading cause of death in children under one year of age (ii) the impact of these deaths upon the respective families; (iii) the needs of these parents, families and other affected individuals;|
||To promote and support research into the cause and possible prevention of SIDS through fund raising and public education;|
||To operate exclusively in any other manner for such charitable and educational purpose as will qualify as an exempt organization under section 501 (c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended, or under any corresponding provisions of any federal tax laws covering the distributions to organizations qualified as tax exempt.|
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