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Cleft Lip and Palate Foundation of Smiles

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National Support, Cleft Lip and Palate issues or any type of Craniofacial Difference.

Our mission is to educate and bring awareness to others around the world whose lives are touched by cleft lip and or/ palate and other Craniofacial anomalies. By providing Support, Education, Advocacy, and Research. .

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Join our network! Meet families, Build Relationships, Ask Questions, Get Answers!Parents, patients and families get the National information and support you need from the Cleft Lip and Palate Foundation Of Smiles.

If you have questions about Surgeries, Feeding, Speech,Emotional issues, Syndromes, Battling insurance companies or even SSI, You will find all the information you need right here! Come and be apart of our wondeful network today.

Rachel Mancuso CEO and Founder
Mother of twins with Cleft Lip and Palate. UCLP and BLCP

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• Cleft means "split" or "separate." During early pregnancy, separate areas of the face develop individually and then join together. If some parts do not join properly, the result is a cleft.

• Cleft lip or palate is one of the most common birth defects, affecting one in 500 children in the United States.

• Clefts in the United States occur more often in children of Asian, Latino or Native American descent.

• Compared with girls, twice as many boys have a cleft lip, both with and without a cleft palate. However, when compared with boys, twice as many girls have a cleft palate without a cleft lip.

• Cleft palate and cleft lip are the most common congenital defects of the head and neck.

• Unless treated surgically, cleft palate can interfere with feeding, speech development and hearing.

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Questions for your doctor on cleft lip and palate

3/21/2009 (10 yrs ago)
Preparing questions in advance can help parents have more meaningful
discussions with their physicians regarding their child's treatment
options. The following questions related to cleft lip and palate may
be helpful:

How severe is my child's cleft?

What other problems is my child likely to experience... read more »
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What Are Cleft Lip and Palate?

3/19/2009 (10 yrs ago)
Cleft lip and palate are birth defects that happen while a baby is
developing in the uterus. During the 6th to 10th week of pregnancy,
the bones and tissues of a baby's upper jaw, nose, and mouth normally
come together (fuse) to form the roof of the mouth and the upper lip.
If the tissue in the developing... read more »