The History

The vibrant history of Mending Kids began in the mid-80s when the adopted daughter of founder Cris Embleton passed away just prior to her first birthday, when $5 of medicine would have saved her life. Cris set out to make sure other families wouldn't suffer as hers had, and that children around the world would have access to life-saving surgeries and medical care. Through her pain and resolve, she created Healing the Children, an international non-profit that continues to operate in 14 states. Ten years ago, in 2006, the local California Board of Directors broke away and formed Mending Kids (International). We are ever-grateful to Cris for her passionate drive to help children around the world live normal, healthy lives!

In the ensuing 10 years, Mending Kids has provided surgical procedures to over 2,600 children in 57 countries around the globe, including the United States. Known for the ground-breaking surgical separation of the previously-conjoined twins "The Two Marias" from Guatemala, Mending Kids has been featured on the Anderson Cooper Show, CNN, Good Day LA, Times Square and in the Los Angeles Times, People Magazine, and countless other media outlets.