The diagnosis of a craniofacial condition can be overwhelming. Choices need to be made regarding treatment and care of the child. The following pages can help to get you started making decisions about what type of care is needed and how to choose a team to provide that care.
- Quality Care – The Foundation for Faces of Children endorses a team approach to the treatment of children with craniofacial conditions. We believe that the best outcomes result from collaborative care by a team of professionals who are experienced in the management of these disorders and who have expertise in your child’s specific condition.
- The Value of the Team Approach – The Foundation for Faces of Children endorses a team approach to the treatment of children with craniofacial conditions. The are several variations on team care, in addition to the principal designations of cleft palate teams and craniofacial teams: and multidisciplinary teams.
- Team Composition – The team should include experienced specialists in a variety of disciplines relating to your child’s condition. Teams with experience and high volume are often found in large children’s hospitals or university-affiliated medical centers with large pediatric services.
- Questions to Ask – Some basic questions to help you find a team that can best care for your child.