CLEFT LIP AND PALATE

Cleft lip and cleft palate is the most common birth defect in the United States, effecting one in every 600 newborns. A combination of genetics and environmental factors we do not fully understand yet cause clefts. Our upper lips are made from three parts early in pregnancy, and a cleft lip is the result of those parts not fusing together.

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SAVE OUR CLINIC

The Children with Special Health Needs program was founded by the Vermont Department of Health in 1969. The program has helped numerous children for many years, but now the Department of Health is gradually phasing out direct support. The goal of our foundation is to save the cleft palate clinics once state support is no longer available. Please consider making a donation to help a Vermont child with facial deformities.

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Are you looking for more information regarding treatment for cleft lip/palate for your child? We are happy to help you enroll in our clinics or answer any questions. Please contact us to learn more about our program. The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association is an excellent source for more information and resources.

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SAVING VERMONT'S CHILDREN ONE SMILE AT A TIME

Our Mission

The Vermont Cleft Palate–Craniofacial Clinic was formed to treat children born with clefts and other craniofacial differences. The Vermont Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Foundation was formed to continue supporting this important work. We are committed to giving the best care to children for their total rehabilitation.

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Patient Success Stories

Since 1969, Vermont Cleft Palate Clinic has helped hundreds of Vermont children find their smiles again. Our team has met the high standards of the American Cleft Palate–Craniofacial Association for approval of multidisciplinary teams. Please read some of our success stories to see the impact of our work in the community.

Our Patients

Team Care

Many specialists care for children with clefts: Surgeons, Pediatric Dentists, Orthodontists, Nurses, Geneticists, Audiologists, Social Workers and Speech and Language Pathologists. A multidisciplinary team that works together is the best care for children affected by clefts. This principle is our method of success.

Burlington Team

Our clinic helps approximately 250 children receive life-saving surgery and care annually.

In 2017, we lost our primary funding and must now rely on personal donations to keep going. Please consider making a donation to help these children have a bright future.


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250

New Smiles Given

21

Years In Treatment

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Team Members

  • 29
  • JAN
    2018
Tom Connolly, MD

Dr. Connolly is retiring after a long and successful practice. He has been a member of the Vermont Cleft Palate / Craniofacial clinic for more...

  • 18
  • JAN
    2018
Vermont's Only Pediatric Plastic Surgeon Donald Laub Gives Kids A Reason to Smile

Opal and Patrick Sutton are real-life wonders. Like fifth grader Auggie Pullman, the main character in the 2012 children's novel and recently released motion picture Wonder,...

  • 18
  • JAN
    2018
Dr. Laub, MD

Donald Laub Jr., MD, FACS, grew up in Palo Alto, California. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley with a...

  • 18
  • JAN
    2018
What is the Treatment of Cleft Palate?

Correction of palatal defect facilitates easier speaking and eating for the patient. This video describes the procedure of closing cleft palate. ...

  • 18
  • JAN
    2018
Save Our Clinic

The Vermont Cleft Palate Clinic was founded in 1969. It has graduated over 250 people from treatment, and over 150 children are currently in active...

  • 24
  • JUN
    2016
Surgeon, Nurses Join Surgicorps Team in Bhutan

On April 23, Don Laub, MD, Maggie Mangham, RN, and other members of a team of health care professionals flew into Bhutan, a country in...