Cleft Lip and Palate Foundation of Smiles

• 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 600 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. Come and be apart of our wonderful family here at The Cleft Lip and Palate Foundation Of Smiles!!!! You are always welcome here Cleft Lip and Palate Foundation Of Smiles, is funded by our members and sponsor(s) and families throughout the US. Our parent(s) have made this network possible.