"When Life Imitates Science"
The Center for Craniofacial Development and Disorders--
The Children's Craniofacial Association-- www.masterlink.com/children/. This Dallas-based group strives to increase the public's awareness of disfiguring conditions, and does advocacy work. The association's toll-free line for physician referral and emotional support is 1-800-535-3643.
About Face-- www.interlog.com/~abtface/. Support groups for people with facial differences. Based in Toronto, About Face now has chapters around the world. The group provides literature and a newsletter, and its Web site has a link to a thorough list of craniofacial resources. 800-665-FACE.
The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association-- www.cleft.com/. A non-profit organization for professionals involved in research and treatment of craniofacial conditions. The group also runs Cleft Line, a hotline offering support and referrals to parents of children with cleft lip or palate (800-242-5333).
Wide Smiles-- www.widesmiles.org/. Offers emotional support, information, referrals, and networking opportunities for families that have a member with cleft lip and palate. Its Web site includes a link to a chat line and "venting page."
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