National CASA Partners with Smile for a Lifetime
National CASA has entered into a partnership with the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation (S4L). S4L is an international nonprofit organization that provides orthodontic care and free braces to underserved children with financial challenges. The mission of S4L is to create self-confidence, inspire hope, and change the lives of children in a dramatic way.
Local CASA staff members are encouraged to nominate youth ages 11-18 who are in need of but unable to afford the cost of braces by taking the following steps:
• Locate a local Smile for a Lifetime Chapter by visiting their website and clicking on the map.
• Once you locate a participating orthodontics office near you, contact the local office to find out more about the program. Most chapters will have an online application available to download and print. The application process is competitive and dependent on the number of applicants and the orthodontic need of each applicant.
• Ensure the youth has any assistance needed to complete and submit the application.
• Write a one page reference letter for the child to include in their application.