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The Grottoes of North America Humanitarian Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that brings “Special Smiles” to children with special needs by providing them much-needed dental care.

The program helps cover the cost of dental treatment and anesthesia costs, whether done in a hospital setting or dental office. We do not cover the hospital costs. 


The Dental Care for Children with Special Needs Program is designed for children under 18 with one or more of the following conditions:

Cerebral Palsy
Muscular Dystrophy and related neuromuscular disorders
Intellectual Disabilities, including Downs Syndrome for profound to 2 years overall delayed. Documentation from the child’s school licensed psychologist, or physician, may be required.

Dental Care for Organ Transplant recipients pre & post


Medicaid patients are not covered by the program.  The Dental Care for Children with Special Needs Program is the secondary carrier when insurance is involved and acts as the primary carrier if no insurance is available, and covers the maximum allowable fees as determined by the Humanitarian Foundation.

How to Apply

The Dental Care for Children with Special Needs Program has representatives from local chapters of the Grottoes of North America who are known as “Drs. of Smiles.” These representatives serve as liaisons with the parents and dental offices to see that all paperwork is provided and properly completed. They also file the child’s application with the Humanitarian Foundation office for processing. The Dr. of Smiles maintains contact with the parent and dentist throughout the course of the child’s care.

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