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Craniofacial Program

Who we are

The Centre for Craniofacial Care and Research believes that your child’s craniofacial condition is best treated by a team approach. This means that your child will be regularly followed by a variety of medical specialists and professional health care providers who work together and in consideration of your child’s overall developmental, medical and psychosocial needs.

The Craniofacial Program and most of its team members are affiliated and active members of the American Cleft Palate–Craniofacial Association (ACPA). The ACPA was founded in 1943 and is a nonprofit organization which represents over 30 health care disciplines whose mission is to optimize the care of persons affected by craniofacial anomalies. It does this by developing and mandating the standards and parameters of care for the craniofacial population. The ACPA mandates that “interdisciplinary team care should begin shortly after birth and continue until the physical growth of an individual has been completed”, approximately 21-22 years of age. The Hospital for Sick Children supports the Centre for Craniofacial Care and Research in meeting this mandate. Patients enrolled in the Craniofacial program may continue to receive necessary care until 22 years of age. Continuing medical needs beyond that age will be organized by referral to an adult Craniofacial Centre such as Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre.