The MISS Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the counseling, advocacy, research and education services to families experiencing the death of a child.
Since 2001, when the first MISSing Angels Bill passed in the Arizona state legislature due to the efforts of Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, 33 states have followed Arizona’s lead by providing birth certificates to families whose babies were stillborn. The MISS Foundation has been instrumental working with grieving parents nationwide to make legislators aware of the importance of acknowledging not only the death — but the birth — of their child. Three other states currently have legislation pending.
States offering an official, legal document that includes the words Certificate of Birth in the title to the parents of stillborn children are considered “MISSing Angels” States. MISSing Angles Bill (MAB) Legislation – State Chart and PSA
View the MISSing Angels public service announcement created in 2007 by MISS Foundation families describing the need for the issuance of a birth certificate to families who lose their child at birth. PSA/Video – MISSing Angels
What is the MISSing Angels Bill movement and how did it begin? What is the current protocol for recording stillbirth? What does the MISSing Angels Bill do? About Missing Angels Bills – FAQs
“I am asking you to support a bill bynamed the MISSing Angels Bill. It would require a simple change from “Certificate of Fetal Death” to “Certificate of Birth resulting in Stillbirth.” On behalf of thousands of families in our MISS group, I ask you to help us in changing our current protocol. Their births are no different than any other except their parents must leave the hospital without their child. Mothers of stillborn babies must still give birth. For them, the immeasurable physical pain and trauma of childbirth is coupled with the most emotionally traumatic – death.” Arizona-First Missing Angels Legislation
Learn about the fiscal impact to the states. Rarely does the MAB create a negative fiscal impact to a State, nor results in additional costs to a State’s Department of Health. Fiscal Impact
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