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Twin Towers Orphan Fund, founded on Sept. 12, 2001, is a program of the Children's Fund of America a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public benefit organization, Fed. Tax ID# 57-1197371.

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Support Resources ~ Mental Healthcare Assistance
The Twin Towers Orphan Fund was founded on September 12, 2001 to assist the children who were orphaned (who lost one or both parents) by the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.  TTOF is not a disaster relief fund, but instead is a long-term higher educational and health care support trust fund with a current life span of some 25 years.

TTOF helps provide supplemental long-term mental heath care assistance by paying for premiums, co-pays and deductibles for individual and group counseling, where applicable, for children under the age of 18, or older if continually enrolled in institutions of higher learning.

Who is eligible?
Eligible participants are natural born and legally adopted children of US citizens under the age of 18, or to age 22 if enrolled in accredited institutions of higher learning, who lost one or both of their legal US resident parents in the terrorist-caused disasters of September 11, 2001.

How is "needy" defined?
In general terms, financial need is based on an individual's ability to pay compared to the cost of the accredited institution. The amount of money available to any child for educational assistance will depend on the size of the Fund, the number of eligible participants, and the financial need of applicants.

What is the application process?
  1. Register the child with TTOF by completing the online Child Registry at, or telephone us at (661) 633-9076.
  2. Provide TTOF with the following verification documents:
    • The child's Social Security Number
    • A copy of the child's birth certificate
    • A copy of the parent's death certificate
    • A marriage license. If not available, please provide a notarized letter of reference from a disinterested party (clergy, school principal, social worker, employer, etc) that proves you are the guardian of the child.
    • A good-faith statement of need.
How can Mental Healthcare Assistance be received?
Each registered and verified child is eligible for mental healthcare assistance. All mental healthcare needs, not excluded, that are not being provided by other insurance coverage, charitable program or governmental aid will be eligible for reimbursement or direct payment to provider on a quarterly basis only. Maximum physical and mental healthcare benefits for any calendar year is $5,000.

Reimbursement or direct payment will only be made for professional medical or mental health services for which adequate documentation is provided. All benefits are provided only on the basis of funds available, and will be terminated each calendar year when total funds available for this purpose have been exhausted. Representatives of registered children may call to ascertain availability of funds prior to incurring expenses. In the event that all funds for this program are exhausted, and additional funds are unlikely to become available, this program may be terminated.

What if I have questions?
Please telephone (661) 633-9076 or email

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TTOF Educational Assistance Guidelines (PDF)
If you know of a child who lost a parent on September 11, 2001, please register with Twin Towers Orphan Fund. This will help TTOF identify and qualify those children who are in most need of our help -- now and in the future.

TTOF provides higher educational assistance, as well as physical and mental health care assistance to the children who lost parents on September 11, 2001.