In 1992, eight families in the Chicago-land area joined forces to create a support network of parents of children born with EA/TEF. Their shared experiences were made easier with the support of others facing similar situations and asking similar questions. The network of information and support which they created was the seed for the EA/TEF Family Support Connection. Our original intention was to just form a local support group for Chicago-land area families. However, we have become a national clearinghouse for information on these birth defects.
The EA/TEF Family Support Connection was formed by and for families of children born with (Esophageal Atresia and Tracheoesophageal Fistula) EA/TEF and the medical professionals who treat them. We are an organization dedicated to providing educational resources as well as emotional and practical support to aid in the daily care of our medically fragile children.