TEARS is the leading organization for child loss worldwide.

Since its inception, The TEARS Foundation has served tens of thousands of families in need with both financial and emotional support services. The vision for The TEARS Foundation is to meet a global need and provide its program across the world, by providing compassionate support to families who have lost a child with financial assistance to help lift the financial burden of paying for funeral services, and offering comprehensive, ongoing bereavement care for bereaved families.

Click here to learn more about the services we provide bereaved families

If you are interested in getting involved with The TEARS Foundation in your community, visit your local chapter’s page.

The Story of the TEARS Foundation

The TEARS Foundation was founded in 2002 by Sarah Slack after experiencing the stillbirth of her son, Jesse Curtis Slack, on November 14, 2000. Sarah decided to turn her tragedy into an opportunity to reach out to other families who have lost a baby and make a positive impact in her community.

TEARS Foundation Recognition/Awards:
Award for Innovation in Service; Non-Profit Excellence Awards
Pay It Forward Award, 1st Place; by Principal Global Financial


Founder/Executive Director:  Sarah Slack
Woman Making a Difference in Washington: by Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Mariners
Hometown Hero: Kiro Radio, Ron & Don Show
Woman of Influence Nomination: Business Examiner
Top 5 Woman of the Year: Seattle’s Evening Magazine, Best of Western Washington
Honorary Community Hero: Safeco Insurance
People Magazine “Heros Among Us” 2009 Finalist
Community Heroes: Good Morning America/Royal Carribean Cruise Lines
Brotherton Community Champion: Komo 4 News, Brotherton Cadillac
Director of Finance & Operations:  Miriam Krause, MAcc
Staff Social Worker: Shelley Castro Estrada, BSW
National Director of Emotional Support: Margaret Pilon

Board Of Directors

Michael Steffaro
Beth O’Reilly
Kara Slater
Past President:  Tina DeFalco

Meet our Chapter Leaders: 

Kim Hatt (Alaska)  – mom of Amelia
Christina Saling (Alaska) – mom of Kannon
James Saling (Alaska) – dad of Kannon
Amber Robinson (Alabama) – mom of Sadie Kate
Brandy Martin (Arizona) – mom of Nicholas
Tia Armbrister (Bahamas) – mom of Tianna Marie
Izalee Lizama (Belize) – mom of Zayda
Mariah Lord (Central California) – mom of Ryder
Graham Thompson (Colorado) – dad of Bryson
Stacey Thompson (Colorado) – mom of Bryson
Stacey Smith (Delaware) – mom of AJ
Jessica Pierre (Florida) – mom of Jayden
Kelly Steffee (Florida) – mom of Sutton Ruby
Cheryl Bellhouse (Florida) – mom of Jayden, Faith & Lil One
Tiffany Grimes (Florida) – mom of Hailey Dawn
Stephanie Landry (Georgia) – mom of Elizabeth
Brett Landry (Georgia) – dad of Elizabeth
Dianna Umphress (Illinois) – mom of Renee
Joyce Wachira (Kenya) – mom of Neema
Jessica Correnti (Maryland) – mom of Maggie
Emily Plahanski (Maryland) – mom of Olivia
Brenda Johnston (Massachusetts) – mom of Liam
Buddy Shuh (Michigan) – dad of Isabella Harmony
Shelby Shuh (Michigan) – mom of Isabella Harmony
Darcie Champagne (New Hampshire) – mom of Mathilda
Kim Badessa (New Hampsire) – mom of Rachel
John Ostapovich (New Jersey) – dad of Emma Catherine
Linda Ostapovich (New Jersey) – mom of Emma Catherine
Megan Curran (New York) – mom of Theodore
Jenny Tomlin (North Carolina) – mom of Shae Marie
Leslie Ward (North Carolina) – mom of McKenna
Jamie Binstock (North Dakota) – mom of Faith
Samantha Taray (North Dakota) – mom of Olive
Paige Green (Pennsylvania) – mom of Sean Jr., Jessica, & Issac
Sean Green (Pennsylvania) – dad of Sean Jr., Jessica, & Issac
Natasha Garza (Texas – Central) – Aunt of Violet
Amber Chao (Texas – Hill Country) – mom of Madison
Lauren Hosford (Washington) – mom of Isabella
Crystal Flinner (Wyoming) – mom of Briley
Amy Christie (Wyoming) – mom of Temperance
Sarah Baluka (Uganda) – mom of Irene

Sarah Slack (National) – mom of Jesse & Gabriel
Miriam Krause (National) – mom of Stephen
Margaret Pilon (National) – mom of Madelynn




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