NCF aims to help children and adults with craniofacial deformity receive holistic care, to sponsor research to advance the quality of medical care, and to improve public awareness and social acceptance for our patients.
We firmly believe that only team approach can provide holistic/best care to cleft patients and that only love can make whole.
Holistic care: Beyond mending physical wounds
NCF provides a wide range of social, financial as well as psychological services not only patients but also their families in order to address their diverse needs, such as psycho-social adjustment, interpersonal skills development and financial support. Adequate care for craniofacial patients includes:
- Provide financial assistance for medical costs to indigent patients.
- Counsel patients and family members on social and psychological adjustment and hold special lectures and seminars.
- Establish supportive self-help groups for patients and family members and offer group therapy on improving self-confidence for adult patients with craniofacial deformity.
- Organize summer camps for school-age children and teenagers with craniofacial deformity and provide play therapy to give them social skill training.
- Produce education DVDs and brochures to patients and parents.
Improve quality of medical treatment
NCF pushes for advancement of treatment for craniofacial deformity, including cleft lip and palate, microtia and other rare diseases, through support for research, professional seminars and publication.
- Organize health seminars to health professionals on treatment of patients with craniofacial deformity.
- Provide funding for research on MRI studies of severe clefts, microtia, speech protocols and etc.
- Publish professional medical materials, including books and DVDs on the surgical techniques of unilateral and bilateral cleft lip and palate.
NCF utilizes public education programs to raise public awareness of craniofacial deformity and to increase social acceptance to people with such conditions.
- Host annual “Love Makes Whole: Children’s Illustrated Book Award”.
- Organize awareness campaigns through television, print and web-based media.
- Children’s campus drama performances.