5 Things to Know about Adopting a Child With Cleft Lip and Palate
- Kids with cleft lip and palate generally lead healthy lives, and clefts vary in severity. Some children will need less intervention than others.
- Many children will require several surgeries, and adoptive families should have access to good medical and orthodontia care.
- Cleft lip and palate repairs are not just cosmetic, and children may need ongoing access to ear and nose doctors, speech therapists and orthodontists.
- 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.
- 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.