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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Program

SIDS/SUID Peer Grief Support Services in California

Throughout California non-profit volunteer peer support groups offer an array of services for those experiencing an infant loss due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or other sudden unexpected infant death (SUID). Volunteers are trained SIDS/SUID parents, family members, foster parents and/or childcare providers who have received specialized grief training to assist other bereaved individuals. Services include bereavement support groups, individual peer counseling and/or online support. Please contact the local grief group directly to inquire about meeting times/location and to obtain further information about their support and services.

Southern California

Riverside

A New Normal - Child Loss Support Group
Rachel Strickland, Rancho Community Church
31300 Rancho Community Way
Temecula, CA 92592

(714) 305-0421 (Phone)
rstrickland41@gmail.com

Imperial / Riverside / San Bernardino

Guild for Infant Survival (Inland Empire)

Sharon Lang (San Bernardino)
(909) 838-1536 (Phone)
Sharon_lang@redlands.edu

Maureen Chavez (Riverside)
(951) 571-6259 (Phone)
MCChavez42@gmail.com

Orange

Guild for Infant Survival (Orange)
2130 E. Fourth Street, Suite 125
Santa Ana, CA 92705

P.O. Box 148
Tustin, CA 92781

(714) 973-8417 (Phone)
(714) 973-8429 (Fax)
gisoc@att.net

San Diego

Guild for Infant Survival (San Diego)

(619) 448-6874 (Phone)
sandiegosids@cox.net

(858) 869-COPE (2673)
bagnasherrera@yahoo.com

San Diego / Riverside (Limited Areas)

Isabella’s Giraffe Club - Giant Hearts
9920 Scripps Lake Drive, Suite 104
San Diego, CA 92131

(858) 449-6554 (Phone)
info@isabellasgiraffeclub.org

Angela Amoroso
angela@isabellasgiraffeclub.org
(858) 444-6464 (Phone)

Drew Skinner
drewskinner014@yahoo.com
(858) 775-4042 (Phone)

Los Angeles / Ventura

Grief Healing Peer - Parent Support Group
(Second Wednesday of the Month)

Christina Thiele
Los Angeles Department of Public Health
600 S. Commonwealth Ave., Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(707) 849-5347 (Phone)
christina23thiele@gmail.com

Northern California

Fresno

Center for Grief and Healing – Angel Babies
(12-week groups and 1:1 and couples counseling. Registration required for groups. )

Kathy Cromwell
2490 W. Shaw Ave.
Fresno, CA 93711
(559) 248-8579 (Phone)

San Francisco / San Mateo / Santa Cruz

HAND of the Peninsula
Bereavement services for families who have experienced the loss of a baby before, during or after birth

Chris Lehr, LCSW
P.O. Box 3693
Redwood City, CA 94064

(415) 282-7330 (Phone) - San Francisco
(650) 367-6993 (Phone) - San Mateo
(831) 438-4513 (Phone) - Santa Cruz
info@HANDsupport.org

Calaveras / Fresno / Inyo / Kern / Kings / Madera / Mariposa / Merced / San Joaquin / Stanislaus / Tulare / Tuolumne

KIDS/SIDS - Support System for the Central Valley
John Mack
198 Northgate Drive, #101
Manteca, CA 95336
(209) 808-6680 (Phone)
badrat004@msn.com

Alameda / Butte / Colusa / Contra Costa / Del Norte / Glenn / Humboldt / Lake / Lassen / Marin / Mendocino / Modoc / Mono / Monterey / Napa / Plumas / San Benito / San Francisco / San Mateo / Santa Clara / Santa Cruz / Shasta / Sierra / Siskiyou / Solano / Sonoma / Tehama / Trinity

SIDS Alliance of Northern California (First Candle / SIDS Alliance Affiliate)
Facebook groups available. No in-person support groups.

1547 Palos Verde Mall, Box 301
Walnut Creek, CA 94597-2228
info@sidsnc.org

Solano

SIDS Foundation
Gayla Reiter 
P.O. Box 2314
Benicia, CA 94510
(707) 745-0105 (Phone)
gayla@mindspring.com

Alpine / Amador/  El Dorado / Nevada / Placer / Sacramento / Sutter / Yolo / Yuba

SIDS Support of Sacramento
Laurie Mamola
Sacramento, CA 95831
(916) 427-6460 (Phone)
(916) 505-0349 (Cell)
l.mamola@att.net

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