The Children’s League is celebrating July as National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness and improve understanding of orofacial clefts (clefts of the lip and palate) and other conditions of the head and face.  Dr. Robert Carpenter is pictured here with patients Isaiah Bailey and Lexus Bailey.

Children with orofacial clefts and other craniofacial conditions often have impaired ability to feed and impaired language development, and might be at increased risk for a greater number of ear infections, hearing issues, and problems with their teeth.

Local plastic surgeon, Dr. Robert Carpenter formed The Cumberland Cleft Clinic in 2004, which is managed by The Children’s League.  The Cumberland Cleft Clinic is held twice a year and consists of a team of nine local professionals that are committed to serving and meeting the needs of children with cleft lip and or cleft palate.  The services provided by this clinic are free to children birth to 21 in Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

The Cumberland Cleft Clinic is best described in its mission statement “To provide services for children with cleft lip and or cleft palate by a professional team consisting of a plastic surgeon, pediatrician, ENT, dentist, orthodontist, audiologist, social worker, speech therapist and nurse to help each child with these special health care needs lead active lives and participate as full members of their schools and communities.”  If you or someone you know would benefit from these services please call the League office at 301-759-5200 or stop by the League’s office at the Willowbrook Office Complex, Willowbrook Road.