Mending kids



The vibrant and significant history of Mending Kids began with our founder and devoted full-time volunteer Cris Embleton almost 30 years ago. After the tragic passing of Cris' adopted daughter just prior to her first birthday, when $5 worth of medicine would have saved her life, Cris set out to make certain children around the world had access to life-saving surgeries and medical care.

By building relationships with local hospitals in Southern California and third world physicians, Cris was able to bring children to the United States for surgery and provide treatment to others through annual medical missions abroad. She formed her own international non-profit organization, Healing the Children - which is now running in 14 states!

Nearly five years ago, in order to expand the mission in California, Cris and her local Board of Directors broke away to form Mending Kids. Cris will always be such a special part of our daily mission to help children around the world receive transformational surgeries to live normal, fun childhoods!


Mending Kids provides life-changing surgical care to children worldwide. Over the years, thousands of children have received corrective, transformational surgeries that have given them a chance at longer, healthier and happier lives. Most of the surgeries we perform are to correct congenital heart defects, orthopedic abnormalities, severe scoliosis, and significant cranial facial deformities.