Who We Are

Children’s Funeral Foundation of Florida, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit corporation organized and operates exclusively for charitable purposes. Our main objective is to compassionately lift the financial burden from families who have had the untimely loss of a Child under the age of 21, and in which the parents are financially burdened. We believe that every Child’s Life deserves to be honored and memorialized in accordance with the grieving parents’ wishes. We believe that every grieving parent deserves support during this difficult time.

The loss of a child is one of the most devastating experiences a family can endure. No one is taught how to deal with such a loss. When the death of a child occurs, the HOPE of our foundation is to assist these families so that they do not have to go through this time of loss alone. Children’s Funeral Foundation is here to help the family provide a proper memorial for their child.

During these most difficult times, many families find the memorial process, not only emotionally, but financially overwhelming. This is where our foundation can help. We have created a financial program to assist these families in the event of their child’s passing. Children’s Funeral Foundation is devoted to help honor their child in a respectful and dignified manner by ensuring a proper memorial ceremony. As Licensed Funeral Counselors, we will personally meet with and walk each family through the process of making these arrangements to assure that their wishes are met to their satisfaction.

Mission Statement

Children’s Funeral Foundation of Florida, Inc.’s main objective is to compassionately lift the financial burden from families in need, who have had the untimely loss of a child under the age of 21. We believe that every Child’s life deserves to be honored and memorialized in accordance with the grieving parents’ wishes. We believe that every grieving parent deserves support during this difficult time.

We are honored to provide this service to those who are in need of financial assistance. Simply download our application form here or please feel free to call 1- 352- 877- 5437 for more information.

Emotional Support Programs

The Children’s Funeral Foundation of Florida has partnered with Compassionate Friends which offers free support groups for bereaved families who have experienced the death of a child. Please visit the National website at: www.compassionatefriends.org or click here to find your local chapter.

Meet the Team

OUR FOUNDER’S BIOGRAPHY

Leigh Kruczek is a Licensed Family Funeral Counselor with the State of Florida. She has been devoted to helping families for over 4 years during the loss of a loved one. Several years ago, Leigh’s first family had to deal with the untimely death of a four year old little boy. To this day, this child does not have a memorial to mark his grave. The family was totally unprepared, both mentally and financially for this tragic loss. During her time working as a Family Funeral Counselor, Leigh was faced with that challenge all too often. This is now Leigh’s passion…to help families who do not have the financial means to pay for the loss of a child. As the founder of Children’s Funeral Foundation of Florida, Inc., Leigh is dedicated to ease the financial burden from the families left behind, and to give them HOPE for tomorrow.

William C. (Bill) Yarbrough - Treasurer

Bill is a licensed Family Funeral Counselor in the funeral industry for over the past 3 years. Prior to his entry into the funeral industry, Bill was a National Account Director for a Fortune 500 Company. He was employed by this company for over 38 years.

Bill received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida and a Masters of Science Degree from Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business.

Bill is involved in numerous Philanthropic organizations such as, The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida, Inc., Florida Hospital Transplant Institute, The Ephraim Project, and Philoptochos. Bill also served on his church’s Parish Council for six years, two years as President of the Parish Council.

Teri Kruczek - Secretary

Terri has taught in the Seminole county public school system for 24 years. She is a Child Care and Pre School Business owner since 2005- Kid City USA in Winter Park. Terri has coached High School Volleyball and Basketball, with over 25 years experience working with children and teens.

Terri graduated from George Mason University with a BS in Education. She moved to Florida in 1989 and earned her M. ED. in Counseling from the University of Central Florida.

Kara Mitchell - Officer

Kara has a passion for assisting families in need, especially those involving a child’s passing. She is a Florida Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer with over 13 years of death care experience helping families during difficult times throughout the funeral process.

Kara received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Central Florida as well as a minor in Psychology. She then went on to attend St. Petersburg College to receive a Funeral Services degree. She is a graduate of Leadership Seminole County, and has served on the board of directors for hospice.

Daniel S. (Dan) LaForest - Officer

Dan is the President of LaForest Wealth Management and offers estate and retirement planning. He is a Registered Representative and offers securities the NEXT Financial Group, Inc., which he is a licensed Broker/Dealer and a FINRA and SPIC member. He also is a Registered Investment Adviser Representative with Smathers Financial Group, Inc., an Investment Advisor registered with the State of Florida.

Dan currently holds the following licenses:
Series 7-General Securities (FINRA)
Series 66-Uniform Combines State Law (FINRA)
Florida 2-15-Licensed to sell Life and Health Insurance in the State of Florida

Dan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from East Tennessee State University in 1993. Dan has also dedicated his free time to the community. You can find him spending time coaching and fundraising for Lake Howell Pop Warner, Lake Howell High School and other youth programs.

Sharon Rocchi - Officer

Sharon has been serving Florida families in the death care service for 35 years. A graduate of Rio Grande University of Ohio with a B.S. Degree in Biology. She spent her earlier career in Healthcare and Science.