Meet Faith's Friends

Matching Grant

We are pleased to announce that the Charles E. Lakin Foundation is offering a matching grant of 20% (up to $10,000) for all funds raised for Faith's Friends from March 3 to 10, 2023. For every dollar you raise during this period, the Foundation will contribute 20 cents, up to a maximum of $50,000 raised, plus the $10,000 grant.

Why We're Needed

According to U.S. CDC, in 2013 the infants mortality rate under age 1 was 5.96 deaths per 1,000 live births Totaling 23,446 in the United States

In 2013, The U.S. fetal mortality rate in pregnancies at 20 weeks gestation or older also 5.96 per 1,000 live births and fetal deaths. Totaling 23,595.


Meet Faith's Friends

Faith's Friends is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization that was established March 23, 2017 in memory of Faith Bateman who passed away shortly after birth in 2010.

Faith's Friends is also in memory of Faith's sisters Belle & Reese who passed away after the organization was created


Our Mission is to help relieve families' financial burdens during times of infant loss by helping pay for funerals, headstones, and burial costs of infants and young children who pass away.


Parents who lose infants are usually relatively young themselves. They are in the beginning of their work careers and have many expenses. The simply do not have several thousand dollars it takes to pay for a funeral and headstone for a child who passes

Although faith's friends cannot take away families' grief - we hope to relieve the added burden of paying funeral & burial related expenses. The family should be able to focus on dealing with their grief during these trying times.


Babies died between 20 weeks gestation and 364 days old in 2013 alone.

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