In 2013, it became clear that in the United States there is tremendous inequality of access to surgical care for uninsured and underinsured children.

For more than a decade, Mending Kids has delivered life-saving surgical care to children in developing countries around the world. In 2014, we launched our first US-based surgical mission. Serving children in Southern California, Hometown Mission: Los Angeles provides a chance at a better life for kids whose conditions have been deemed “non life-threatening” or “elective” by insurance providers. We know that for a young boy with a large hairy nevus on his face, or a little girl in need of cleft-nose reconstruction, who may feel self-conscious or experience bullying as a result of their physical appearance, surgery can be truly life changing. Through our Hometown Mission in LA and future locations, Mending Kids is committed to providing surgical care for such overlooked conditions in order to improve the health and quality of life of underserved children right here in the USA.

This year’s Hometown Mission: Los Angeles took place on July 15, 2017. During the day-long mission, our team of board-certified surgeons, recovery nurses and other health professionals donated their time and skills to provide quality surgical care for 19 children.

Mending Kids knows the importance of helping children in our own communities. If you have a child in need of surgery in the U.S., please complete the REFER A CHILD form. Mending Kids will assume all expenses associated with surgical and recovery care, medications, flights for the child + 1 adult from any state in the U.S. and hotel and food stipends.