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Wisdom Wednesdays: Parenting a Child with Cleft

Cleft lip and palate is very manageable and fairly common (in the lineup of birth defects), but I wouldn’t necessarily label it as a “minor special need.” I did my research and read as much as I could before we checked that box on the special needs list, but here’s what I know now, two years after our adoption.

1. “Oh yeah, that’s just a simple surgery to fix her lip and you’ll hardly be able to tell a difference when she’s older.” This was the most common response when we told people our daughter had cleft lip and palate. Thinking cleft is a minor cosmetic fix is a common misconception. Read more.

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