5 Things to Know about Adopting a Child With Cleft Lip and Palate

  1. Kids with cleft lip and palate generally lead healthy lives, and clefts vary in severity. Some children will need less intervention than others.
  2. Many children will require several surgeries, and adoptive families should have access to good medical and orthodontia care.
  3. Cleft lip and palate repairs are not just cosmetic, and children may need ongoing access to ear and nose doctors, speech therapists and orthodontists.
  4. Children may face questions about their cleft lip and palate, speech differences or any visible surgical scars, and parents will need to help prepare their child to respond.
  5. Some waiting children will be able to have a full or partial cleft repair while still in their birth country! Regardless, their family will still need ongoing access to an excellent craniofacial team.

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