The Children’s Burn Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support services for child burn survivors, ages 0-18 and their families, as well as burn prevention and fire safety education to thousands of children and caregivers in Southern California, nationally, and internationally.
To prevent the pain and trauma of burn injuries to children, and
To heal and give children who have suffered severe burns the opportunity to reach their full potential, physically, psychologically and socially.
What Sets Us Apart
The Children’s Burn Foundation is concerned with the Full Recovery of a child burn survivor, addressing not only their physical needs, but their psychological, emotional, and social recovery as well.
The Children’s Burn Foundation was founded in 1985 by Dr. A. Richard Grossman, renowned plastic surgeon and burn specialist, and the late McLean Stevenson, concerned child advocate and actor. These men were both so profoundly impacted by firsthand observations of the devastating consequences that serious burn injuries can have on a child, that they joined forces to provide resources and support for burned children who would otherwise be unable to benefit from state-of-the-art medical treatments and post-acute burn care services.
The Foundation was restructured in 1995 to be governed by a dedicated Board of Trustees. In 1996, a volunteer group was established called The Council. The Council works to support the Foundation’s fundraising and community outreach initiatives and hosts the annual Giving New Hope Benefit.
In the years since its inception, the Foundation’s mission has grown to include support for the psychological recovery from burn trauma and the short term emergency needs of families, as well as fire safety and prevention education programs for children, parents and other caregivers. In 2006, the Foundation began its International Outreach Program, in partnership with the American Burn Association, to provide burn care education and training at teaching hospitals in developing countries.
Today, the Foundation provides state-of-the-art reconstructive treatment, emergency family assistance, survivor and family camps, counseling, a teen support program, and prevention and education programs that reach more than 50,000 children and families annually.