Meet the Board of Directors
The concept of the Child Loss Center Inc. originated in March 2019 after the founder, Yolanda Fountain Hardy, and her spouse experienced a car accident (the other person ran a red light), police negligence, and medical negligence on Christmas day 2018 that led to a missed miscarriage and residual surgery in February 2019. Six months later, she experienced a second miscarriage via a blighted ovum due to poorer health related to the first perinatal loss. She was left with a post-pregnancy, post car accident, post-surgery, and post-miscarried body, an insurmountable amount of bills, feelings of isolation and anger, relational challenges, and limited support.
Dr. Fountain Hardy was astonished at the lack of medical focus provided to grieving parents, the challenges that others had understanding the depths of child loss, and the lack of emotional, mental, physical, financial, and social resources provided. In an effort to explore the needs and get support, Dr. Fountain Hardy’s company, Play Wellness LLC, partnered with the Georgia chapter of the Tears Foundation to offer free expressive and experiential arts groups, which assisted five courageous grieving parents between June 2019 and May 2020 with working through experiences of child loss.
It took nearly two years for Dr. Fountain Hardy to return to a sense of mental and physical normalcy after exploring and discovering a beautiful combination of holistic physical and mental health services. Thus, the Child Loss Center Inc. was formed out of the desire to better honor, connect, and care for individuals who had experienced child loss via the best combination of wellness services and resources. The name of the center was purposefully chosen to encourage communities to openly speak about child loss via acknowledging the commonality and severity of its occurrence. It also helps grieving parents around the world know where to seek help regarding child loss. While we hate to "have to" have an organization dedicated to this, we know that it is necessary and needed.
In January 2020, the Child Loss Center Inc. became a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing resources and holistic care services to grieving parents and on educating providers on grief and trauma-informed care practices to effectively work with this population. In February 2021, the center was officially incorporated in the state of Georgia. Since that time, the Board of Directors has worked diligently to create a safe community for grieving parents who experience unbearable physical and/or emotional pain from child loss.