Many of the patients who present to a craniofacial team are adopted children. Our teams are proud to take care of these children and their new familiesIt is not uncommon to see children who are adopted from other countries who are afflicted with cleft lip and palate or other craniofacial anomalies. In fact, recent studies have been published on cleft lip and palate care for adopted children in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Our teams will help potentially new parents make an informed decision regarding their adoption process. Frequently the adopting family is given a short time to make a decision on whether to adopt a child. Our teams will frequently evaluate any medical paperwork that is given to the adopting family prior to the formal adoption process. Many teams will review these records and help educate the new parents as to what the conditions are that their new son or daughter may have. We are sympathetic to the time constraints that can sometimes be quite narrow and will make our best effort to give the new parents as much information as possible so that they can make an informed decision.