About the Foundation
No. We do our very best to accommodate the needs of each child with a craniofacial difference who seeks our help.
Our 10-year plan includes encouraging and supporting craniofacial centers of excellence around the world in order to help children who have nowhere else to turn. Learn more about our vision.
The World Craniofacial Foundation relies on volunteers and financial support to help children with severely deformed faces and heads. Please call us at 972.566.6669 or toll-free at 1.800.533.3315 to learn about volunteer opportunities. You can also donate financially.
About Craniofacial Surgery & Outreach
One out of every 500 newborns today has a craniofacial or clefting deformity. In the United States alone, more than 12,000 newborns each year will need the specialized care of a craniofacial team. In addition to those children born with craniofacial abnormalities, many children and adults suffer craniofacial abnormalities due to injury.
Unfortunately, many families do not have insurance coverage, or the condition is considered “aesthetic” and not life-threatening so coverage is not available. We do not want even one child to go through life with a face that was not transformed because funds were unavailable.
No. Abnormalities of the head and face can obstruct the trachea, cause blindness by putting pressure on the optic nerve, place serious pressure on the brain resulting from a severely misshapen skull, and more.
Yes. In fact, many children born with craniofacial abnormalities do not live to adulthood.
No. A typical patient needs five to 20 corrective surgeries as he or she grows, creating a long-term responsibility to each child.
While many facilities and physicians have been extremely generous, not all services can be donated. Millions of dollars are needed each year to cover foundation services.
Generous donors have given hotel and transportation services. However, the need remains greater than the donated resources available.
We treat nearly all birth-related and acquired abnormalities of the head and face – including trauma, degenerative diseases and tumors. Here is a partial list of the conditions for which we provide support:
Correcting these abnormalities takes the specialized care of a multidisciplinary craniofacial team. Depending on the severity of the deformity, the team members can include: