Because we believe that coordinated care leads to the best results, we use a multidisciplinary team approach to provide comprehensive services that can improve speech, voice and swallowing capabilities. Our program encompasses:

  • Cleft lip, cleft palate and craniofacial evaluation
  • Advanced surgical services (facial plastic, craniofacial and maxillofacial surgery)
  • Feeding/nutritional assessment and airway management
  • Hearing evaluation
  • Prenatal genetic counseling (including ultrasound testing)
  • Psychological evaluation and management
  • Speech evaluation and special speech studies for cleft-related problems

We can coordinate social services, case management for patients with multiple medical problems and parental assistance with California Children's Services (CCS) applications. We also offer interpreting services and referral to parental support groups.

Insurance and billing

Most costs relating to the Cleft and Craniofacial Program, including team evaluations, consultations, surgery and other treatments are covered by private insurance and California Children's Services (CCS). Children with cleft lip or palate are medically qualified for CCS, but parents must undergo financial screening to determine if their child qualifies for total CCS coverage. You should confirm coverage with your insurance company. The team coordinator and social worker also can refer you to other agencies that may be able to provide financial coverage for your child’s treatment.

Interpreting services

Interpreters for most languages, including American sign language, are available free of charge to all UC Davis Children's Hospital patients, including those in the Cleft and Craniofacial Program. If you need an interpreter, please request one when you call to make your child’s initial screening appointment with the cleft and craniofacial team.

Whenever possible, we will assign an interpreter to assist you over the telephone, during the screening appointment, and at any follow-up appointments for testing and treatment.