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In this section, we have collected information for whose lives are touched by cleft lip and or/ palate and other Craniofacial anomalies.  We hope these resources both bring awareness and encourage families as they learn about thriving with Cleft lip and Palete.

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About Cleft Lip or Palate


What Are Cleft Lip and Palate?

Cleft lip or palate is one of the most common birth defects, affecting one in 500 children in the US. Unless treated cleft palate can interfere with feeding, speech development and hearing.

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Common Questions


Can cleft palate be healed before birth?

In a study newly published in the journal Development, investigators at the USC School of Dentistry describe how to non-surgically reverse the onset of cleft palate in fetal mice

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Craniofacial Teams & Foundations

Consultant and colleagues

Craniofacial Team Listings

Are you in need of a Craniofacial Team, or are you looking to find a team in your area?

Find your Craniofacial Team Today!

Our Mission: Is to educate and bring awareness to others around the world whose lives are touched by cleft lip/ Palate and other Craniofacial Anomalies. By providing Support, Education, Advocacy, and Research.



Craniofacial Foundations

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Government Resources


Medicaid and Medicaid Waiver Program

Medicaid is a state administered program and each state sets its own guidelines regarding eligibility and services. Read more about your state Medicaid programs listed below.

You should apply for Medicaid if your income is low and you match one of the descriptions of the Eligibility Groups.  (Even if you are not sure whether you qualify, if you or someone in your family needs health care, you should apply for Medicaid and have a qualified caseworker in your state evaluate […]

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Hearing, Vision & Speech Resources


Speech Buddies

Speech Buddies are a set of revolutionary tools to help children overcome speech difficulties. By teaching correct tongue positioning for the five most difficult sounds – R, S, L, CH, and SH. Proven to work 2-4 times faster in numerous clinical trials.  Speech Buddies works best when introduced after surgery to close the cleft is complete. Speech Buddies have proven to be very helpful with children who have struggled with articulation due to cleft palate. 

Take a moment and […]

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Infant Nutrition and Health

Piegon Bottle

Infant Feeding & Supplies

Medela Special Needs Feeder Formerly Haberman Feeder

WubbaNub- Pacifier Ideal for a child that has a cleft lip and/or palate

Pigeon Bottle The Pigeon Food Feeder Bottle is a 120ml squeezable bottle with an attached spoon to assist with weaning or to use when a child has Feeding issues.

Muchkin Soft-Tip Spoon Helps makes feeding easier for a child born with a Cleft/Palate issues.

Ross Feeding Nipple You can also call 614.624.4683 to order Ross Nipples.

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International Resources

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Medical Resources

Filling Claims with your insurance company can be hard and frustrating.

Health Insurance & Orofacial Cleft Coverage

fAppropriate postnatal care is essential after any child’s birth, and that’s especially true if your baby was born with an orofacial cleft.

We’ve outlined the most common forms of treatment, including surgical repair and ongoing therapies, on our “Treating Cleft Lip & Palate” page, but we haven’t yet broached the subject of paying for these services, which are often more expensive than those that babies born without congenital defects require.

Health Insurance & Orofacial Cleft Coverage

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Parenting Tools

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National Craniofacial Acceptance Month

The Cleft Lip and Palate Foundation of Smiles is coming together asking our wonderful Patients and Families to support the ” National Craniofacial Acceptance Month” This is dedicated to all our Craniofacial Families. We are asking our Patients and Families to help show support, There are many great ways to reach out and bring that wonderful Awareness to others.



Learn how you can get more involved with the National Craniofacial Acceptance Month. Come and Join us on Facebook […]

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Smile Stories


Gabrielle’s Smile

My pregnancy with Gabrielle wasn’t “magical” like everyone told me it would be. I actually didn’t even think I could have children. I had a lot of tough days that I didn’t think I was going to get through while pregnant. During my second sonogram the ultrasound technician found that Gabby had a Single Umbilical Artery. That meant we had to see the Perinatalogist monthly and have weekly sonograms done to check her growth and […]

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