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Welcome! You may be feeling shocked, afraid, and confused, but you’re not alone. As parents of individuals with CHARGE, we’ve all been there and we can help you make sense of the challenges your son, daughter, family member, or friend might face.  We invite you to take these first steps as you begin to learn more about CHARGE and what the Foundation offers families in terms of support. Most importantly, welcome to our family.



Additional Resources

Explore the website – you’ll find a lot of helpful information, including the following and much more:

CHARGE Syndrome Management Manual – The CHARGE Syndrome Management Manual for Parents breaks down CHARGE into some of its components. The Medical sections are by body system, for physicians and for parents. The Developmental sections include information about development and education, with special emphasis on sensory deficits. (Also available in Spanish)

Priorities for New Families Video – Learning your child has CHARGE syndrome can be overwhelming. In this video, Dr. Susan Wiley offers new parents advice on how to balance medical concerns and bonding with their child.

Birth to 3 Family Support Group Family Liaisons with the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation host a virtual support group for families with children aged birth – 3 years.  We recognize that this group goes through so much in the first 3 years of life and it can often feel isolating or overwhelming.  We want to offer a safe place where families can get together to connect, share, ask questions and get support with other families in the same boat. Meets monthly, virtually.  Click here for more information and to register.

CHARGE Accounts Newsletters – A quarterly newsletter published by the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation primarily for parents of children with CHARGE syndrome. Information should also be helpful to medical and educational professionals working with individuals who have CHARGE. Included with Foundation membership.

Past CHARGE Conference – Click here to find links to past Conferences and papers presented.


Make connections: a great way to learn about CHARGE syndrome is to connect with and learn from other parents and young adults. Reach out to your State Family Liaison. You’ll find a supportive, active, welcoming community on our Facebook group.



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