About CICL

In 1974, recognizing the impact of SIDS on families and communities, the importance of compassionate intervention, and the need to determine the cause of SIDS, legislators passed the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Act (Public Law 93-270). Center for Infant & Child Loss (CICL) was established in 1975 to fulfill the unmet needs of Maryland families facing the tragedy of the sudden unexpected death of a child. All Maryland families of children aged 0 to 16 years dying suddenly and unexpectedly are offered services at no cost. Private funds have played a critical role as 65% of the annual budget is funded through philanthropy. Gifts to the Center for Infant & Child Loss are administered by the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, Inc.

CICL, a 501 (c)(3) organization, is within the Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Maryland Baltimore, and is funded, in part, by Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and is advised on program development by the CICL Advisory Board.


Mission

Center for Infant & Child Loss is committed to assuring Maryland families facing the sudden unexpected loss of their infant or child have access to bereavement interventions, counseling, and information based on best practices and current research. 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 these deaths.


Goals
  • Provide bereaved families access to intervention, counseling and information
  • Facilitate parent support groups and peer outreach programs
  • Collect, analyze, and distribute timely and accurate SIDS data
  • Educate health providers, public safety officials and other public-at-large about SIDS, infant and child deaths, risk reduction, injury prevention, grief, and compassionate intervention
  • Facilitate research on SIDS and related issues
  • Assure funding for expanded activities, i.e. research, family events, risk reduction outreach, and SIDS injury prevention awareness

Statements

Affiliation Statement
The Center for Infant & Child Loss is within the Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, University of Maryland School of Medicine. The Center works closely with the State's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and local health departments.

Funding Statement
The Center for Infant & Child Loss is funded, in part by a Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Center for Maternal and Child Health, grants and generous donations from individuals, organizations and the business community. All private dollars are administered by the University Of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, Inc.


Advisory Board Members & CICL Staff
Brian Felch
Advisory Board Chair
Parent

Angela Burden
Maryland Healthcare Access

George Carroll
CCI Printing & Graphic Solutions

Anne Cooke
Parent

Colleen Driscoll, M.D.
Division of Neonatology

David Fowler, M.D.
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

Ling Li, M.D.
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

Tonya Logan
Parent

Terry & Stephanie McClung
Parents

Jonathan Melnick
Melnick Auctioneers

Sandra Mooney
Division of Neonatology

Staff
A. LaToya Bates, MSSA, LCSW-C
Director
Bereavement Counselor

Jean Edwards, BS
Program Coordinator
Tonya Logan, LCSW-C
Breavement Counselor

The Center for Infant & Child Loss, UMBF, is a non-profit, 501-3C organization. Tax ID: 31.1678.679
© 2004-2016 University of Maryland School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology.
Donations are administered by the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, Inc.
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