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Cleft Lip and Palate Resource

Since 1991

Got a question? Search Cleft Links for an answer! Topics include:

         New Parent Information

         Feeding Issues

         Terms & Definitions

         Inspirational Thoughts



         Pierre Robin

         Insurance Issues




         School & Self Esteem

         Related Syndromes

         Help with the Internet

This site has lots to offer.
Please explore and use it!

This website and other internet activities are maintained on a volunteer basis. Your financial support will help keep online and offline activities available for others. Thank you.

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Brothers, Jacob and Joey, both shown at age 2. Jacob was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate, and Joey was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate.  Both have had lip and palate repair.

PLEASE NOTE: Information provided is not to be construed as medical advice, it is made available to you for informational purposes only. Check with your personal physician before embarking on any change in routine or in making decisions regarding your healthcare or that of your family.

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Click here to buy this item and others at the Wide Smiles Web Store

Available now! 

Help out Wide Smiles and add "charm" to your jewelry collection!

We have a custom made a "cleft" charm for the standard 9 mm Italian (add-a-link) bracelets that are so popular.  The cost of the charm is $10, plus $2 s/h.  If you want to order this charm, please pay via paypal by clicking on the "make a donation" link. 

Note: any flaw that appears in the picture is simply due to the lighting of the scan.


 Special Notice

Check out this website.  The jewelry is beautiful and a percentage of the profit goes toward Cleft Palate Programs:

Mahila Jewelry Sales help fund a Cleft Palate Program and Education Program for lower caste girls in Nepal.

Christmas is coming.  Let your money do double-duty.  Buy beautiful jewelry and help children with cleft get the surgeries they need!"

Wide Smiles will not profit from any sales

 or by the posting of this notice

One child in 700 is born with a cleft. It is the fourth most common birth defect, and the first most common facial birth defect. And yet so many parents feel so alone.

WIDE SMILES was formed to ensure that parents of cleft-affected children do not have to feel alone. We offer support, inspiration, information and networking for families everywhere who may be dealing with the challenges associated with clefting.

At WIDE SMILES we believe that, while it may not have been wonderful that our children were born with cleft, it is nonetheless true that our children who were born with cleft are wonderful. Together we share the struggle, the pain, the joy and the triumph of watching our children grow. Their challenges may be many, but we can face them together, learn from each other and help our children to recognize their beauty within.

Contact Information

Postal Address

Wide Smiles
P.O.  Box 5153
Stockton, CA 95205-0153

Phone: 209-942-2812
Fax: 209-464-1497

Electronic Mail:

Send questions or comments about this site to:

Photo Gallery

A picture is worth a thousand words. This area is priceless if you are traveling the same road. The Wide Smiles Photo Gallery features over 100 cleft-affected children and adults ... and the people who love them. Come and see a photo journey of their lives.

Network With Others:

Who Has a Cleft?

Join the free Email discussion group. Get support from other families who've traveled the same road.

         View our Cleft Talk Quilt

         Check out Real Time Chats in the Wide Smiles Conference Room

         Outreach: Reaching out to a new family? Click here for Supportive documents.

KIDZ Club area is for  kids, created by kids  born with clefts. Stop by  and have fun!

Journey: For Adults Born with Clefts

The People Side: Who Has A Cleft, Feelings on Birth, Surgery & More

Pacific Cleft Prevention Program

Fill our their survey here


NEW! Lippy the Lion - A goodwill ambassador for cleft lip and palate, all around the world.

Lippy is a very special lion. He was born with a cleft lip. Now that his lip is all stitched together, Lippy has decided to travel the world, visiting girls and boys who understand what it means to be born with a cleft lip and palate.

Watch his page and see all the adventures Lippy has while he visits his friends all over the world. Add your name to Lippy's itinerary and someday, before you know it, Lippy will come visit YOU, too!

Medical Resources

Clefts & Beyond: Related Syndromes

         Support section: Online & offline support for various craniofacial conditions

         Information concerning some Rare Syndromes & related conditions

         Looking For A Doctor? Try Here:
Wide Smiles Guide to Doctors and Medical Professionals


         Question and Answer Sessions with Plastic Surgeons - View the logs of these informative sessions!

More Resources - Not all Cleft Related

         Info on Military Insurance

         EIP: Early Intervention Programs

         Feeding Bottles & Nipples


         Helpful Products for Parents & Kids

         Resource Mall: Books, & More

         Adoption Information


Kid's Literature Section - Includes Thumper, How Different is Anthony?, Anthony visits his Cleft Palate Team and MORE!

NEW! FaceUP! Educating the Media about Cleft

New!  Jacob's Report on Cleft Lip and Palate!

Marti Anderson's Fun and Useful Sites for Families offers a ton of links to websites on  various subject areas


Our heartfelt thanks to our Wide Smiles Volunteers



Joanne Green is Founding Director of Wide Smiles. Winner of 1997 Parent-Patient Leadership Award         

Yahoo Medical Site of Week,
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Circle of Smiles Webring

Do you have a homepage? A webring links together homepages of a similar topic. This webring is open to any individual or family who is dealing with cleft lip and/or palate and/or other craniofacial anomalies.

To sign up for the ring, please click here .
You will be emailed the code to put on your page
If you have any questions about joining the ring, please email Joanne Green .

WebRing FAQ: WebRing HTML Code

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