SMILE FOR A CHILD FOUNDATION
Who We Are - Make a Difference Today
At Smile for a Child Foundation, our mission is to help with the many medical, educational, and emotional needs of children affected with cleft lip, cleft palate, and other craniofacial differences. Our programs serve to offset the enormous financial cost these procedures to ensure that these children can go on to lead happy, normal lives. Welcome! Make a difference today, and help us make these smiles shine!
Smile for a Child Foundation is dedicated to holistically serving children with cleft lip and cleft palate. Our programs aim to help these children and their families from birth, through the completion of their treatment and on. We want to empower these children and eliminate a lack of care due to underfunding.
The birthrate of children with clefts is 1 in every 700 births. That means cleft palate and cleft lip is still very prevalent in the world, and in the state of Oklahoma. Children with this health condition need constant team care, and many need surgical procedures from birth until the age of twenty. The Surgeon General of the United States estimates that the lifetime medical cost of treatment for a cleft lip and palate can be upwards of $100,000 each. Help us make sure that no child goes without care due to the high cost of these treatments.
With the Academic Scholarship initiative, our goal is to provide academic grants for people with facial differences, or have been through treatment for facial differences, so they can pursue higher education. Smile for a Child Foundation wants these individuals to have the confidence to fulfill their potential without financial pressure. Help contribute to academic scholarships today, or learn more by getting in touch with our team today.
Cleft babies need a special bottle for feeding, and the cost can be dramatic for new parents. Each bottle nipple alone costs between $20-30. Smile for a Child Foundation has donated several hundreds of these bottles to families and professionals caring for children with craniofacial differences. If you, or someone you know, is in need of a bottle or any special equipment to care for a child, please contact the foundation. Professionals must have an affiliation with a cleft and craniofacial team recognized by the American Cleft Palate Association.
Up to three times a year, SFAC Foundation supports a group that travels to Guatemala to treat cleft lip and palate children. Our most recent trip was to Patzún. With a team of 20 doctors and nurses, we were able to help 54 children in one week! Our doctors generously donate their time and expertise, but we aim to support them by paying for the travel of nurses and technicians that assist and go with them. We also pay for the medical supplies that they need to perform these procedures. Donate today, or contact us for more information on this valuable program.