Services Provided


With funding from the Florida legislature, the Florida Cleft and Craniofacial Network (FCCN) provides the following services and supplies for Florida families who have children born with cleft lip/palate or other craniofacial malformations:

FCCN provides the following services:

· A toll-free hot line for parents and professionals throughout the state 1-800-726-2029

· Special Feeding bottles for families of newborns. Please request bottles by telephone or e-mail at 352-627-9326, toll-free at 1-800-726-2029 or email Florida Cleft and Craniofacial Network

· Counseling pregnant women whose baby has been diagnosed with a craniofacial difference

· Assisting in communication between parents of newborn infants and hospitals, health professionals and other families


Feeding Supplies



As long as resources last we will also continue to provide the following items free of charge to Florida families:

· Dr. Brown's bottles, nipples and Microwave Steam Sterilizer Bags

· Medela SpecialNeeds Feeder bottles and nipples

· Enfamil Mead Johnson cleft palate nursers

· Enfamil cross cut nipples

If you would like to watch Dr. Brown's webinar "Feeding the Infant with Cleft Lip and Palate: Tools and Techniques" you can find it at:

To find video on feeding a newborn with cleft palate and educational literature on care for children born with craniofacial differences please visit the website of the Cleft Palate Foundation (CPF):

Our contact information:

· Telephone: 352-627-9326, or toll-free 1800-726-2029

· E-mail: Florida Cleft and Craniofacial Network

Pamphlets and Fact Sheets available from American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association



The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is pleased to provide packets of information pertaining to a range of age groups. Please view the full list, or download the packet information free of charge, from the ACPA Family Services website.

If you would like to receive packet information via email, or if you would like ACPA Family Services to mail you complimentary hard copies of the information, please call the Cleftline at 1.800.24.CLEFT, please fill out the form on the website.

English and Spanish are available




  • Looking Forward. A Guide for Parents of the Child with Cleft Lip and Palate. UF Craniofacial Center, 2000.
  • Cleft Talk for Kids.  By Melissa Johnston-Burnham,LCSW. Andrea Fountain (Illustrator).
  • Jack's New Smile.  By Ruth M Trivelpiece MEd (Author),    Suzanne N West MSN (Author),    Jennifer L Rhodes MD (Author),    Brooke Nunez (Illustrator)
  • Ava the Brava. By Allie Ekblad
  • Your Cleft-Affected Child: The Complete Book of Information, Resources, and Hope. by Carrie T. Gruman-Trinkner   (Author),    Blaise Winter (Foreword).
  • First Place. By Kate Gaynor   (Author).
  • Smile with Simon. By Patricia Ann Simon Rn (Author)
  • Comprehensive Cleft Care: Family Edition. By Joseph Losee (Editor),    Richard Kirschner (Editor),    Darren Smith (Editor),    Christin Lawrence (Editor),    Amy Straub (Editor)

Video and DVD



Every Child is Perfect. Personal Roadmaps of Experiences with Clefts. Tim Nackashi. Miles of Smiles, 2007.

Feeding your Baby. Stacy Keach. Cleft Palate Foundation, 2008.(The video can only be watched online at this link. Feeding your Baby).

Florida Legislature



Florida State Law Regarding Insurance Coverage for Cleft Lip/Palate

· FL Statute 627.64193

· FL Statute 641.428

· FL Statute 641.31094


Florida Family Support Organizations



Information Content: All materials provided by the listed websites are for information purposes only and not for medical advice.

Florida Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association: provides information for professionals and families about team care in Florida, as well as referrals for parent support resources.

FACE of Sarasota (Friends for Aid, Correction, and Education of Craniofacial Disorders.) Tel: (941) 955-9250

Florida Children’s Medical Services and Child Protection
Twenty-two teams, several with satellite offices, are available throughout the state to provide specialized assessments and services to child victims and their families. Services provided may include: medical diagnosis and evaluation, medical consultation, specialized interviewing of suspected child victims, family psychosocial assessment, nursing assessment, psychological evaluation, and multidisciplinary staffing.

Florida Department of Children and Families:
State organization helping with food stamps, possible housing, and temporary cash assistance for needy families (TANF)

WIC of Florida: wimage447
Federally funded nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC provides the following at no cost: healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, and referrals for health care

Family and Community Outreach:
Department of Education programs to improve student performance for at-risk students who are low-performing by providing additional learning opportunities.

National Support Organizations


AboutFace International: and
AboutFace USA:
Organizations providing emotional support and information to people with facial differences and their families

American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association: and
American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association Family Services:
National Organizations serving healthcare professionals and patients and their families, operating the Cleftline: 1-800-24-CLEFT, and producing free publications. The Cleftline is an 800-toll free service providing information to callers about clefts and other craniofacial anomalies. Callers can request information about cleft palate/craniofacial teams and parent-patient support groups in their local region.

AmeriFace: Debbie Oliver, Executive Director,
Websites:, and
Phone: (888) 486-1209, (702) 769-9264
Fax: (702) 341-5351

Children's Craniofacial Association:
Organization empowering and giving hope to individuals and families affected by facial differences.

Birth Defect Research:
Organization providing information to parents and professionals about all kinds of birth defects, resources, support groups, and environmental exposures.

Binky Patrol: Comforting Covers for Kids:
An organization that makes blankets and gives them away to children in need of comfort, including those who are ill, abused or experiencing trauma of any kind.

Cleft Advocate:
Provides information to people with facial differences and advice for families who are fighting insurance denials for their medical care.

Exceptional Parent:
Website and magazine about parenting a child or young adult with a disability or special health care need.

FACES – The National Craniofacial Association:
Organization assisting children and adults who have craniofacial disorders resulting from disease, accident, or birth.

Friendly Faces:
A network of resources for individuals with facial differences, their parents, families, and friends.

Kidpower, Teenpower,Fullpower International:
Organization helping people of all ages to stay safe, act wisely and believe in themselves.

March of Dimes:
Organization dedicated to “improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality” through research, community services, education, and advocacy. It also provides individual genetic information to callers.

Stop Bullying:
Government supported program helping to understand how to discuss bullying and bullying prevention in a way that would make sense to young people, recommending ways for adults to take a stand against bullying. Website includes personal stories of people on how bullying has affected their lives and the lives of their friends and family members.