Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA)

CLAPA is a UK voluntary organisation providing help and support to those affected by cleft lip and palate.

CLAPA was established in 1979 as a partnership between parents and health professionals.

Clapa’s key functions are to:

  • Organise local parent-to-parent support through its nation-wide network
  • Run a specialist service for parents and health professionals seeking help feeding babies with clefts
  • Develop support for children and adolescents affected by clefts at school and in social settings through such activities as confidence-building camps
  • Encourage and support research into causes and treatment of cleft lip and palate
  • Represent the interests of patients and parents, influencing policy on future treatment of cleft lip and palate
  • Conduct educational seminars for health professionals and the general public
  • Raise funds in the community for equipment, literature and services
  • Publish and distribute a range of information leaflets, increasing public awareness of the condition
  • Support projects in countries where cleft treatment is limited or unavailable

Visit the CLAPA website

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