Closing the gap in cleft care
Transforming Faces provides free, local, and ongoing multi-disciplinary cleft care for children and adults in developing countries.


Transforming Faces, a registered charity in Canada, provides free, comprehensive treatment including cleft lip and cleft palate surgery, and pre & post-surgery care globally.
Cleft Palate & Cleft Lip | Lives Transformed

Transforming Faces And Lives

Cleft lip and cleft palate is one of the most common birth anomalies in the world. When children and adults receive long-term comprehensive cleft lip and cleft palate care, their physical and psychological health improves dramatically.

A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate Care

That’s why Transforming Faces uses a multi-disciplinary approach to cleft palate rehabilitation. We go beyond the cleft lip and cleft palate surgery to provide nutrition support, speech therapy, oral health, counselling and ongoing care to our patients.

  • What is cleft palate & cleft lip?

    Cleft lip and cleft palate is one of the most common birth anomalies in the world. A cleft lip or cleft palate is an opening in the baby’s upper lip and/or the roof of their mouth that occurs during pregnancy.

    Cleft lip and palate can impact a child’s appearance, speech, teeth, eating, hearing and ability to develop socially.

    Cleft lip and palate can be successfully treated using a comprehensive team approach. By this we mean, pre-surgery support and long-term post-surgery care.

    Find out how our unique approach to treating cleft lip and palate results in lasting transformation.

  • Cleft Lip & Palate Transformations

    • Transforming Faces: Advancing SLP Services Abroad

      This article was submitted by TF volunteer, Sara Martinez, and originally published on Speech-Language and Audiology Canada’s blog, Communiqué.

    • Thiago’s Transformation

      Meet smiley Thiago from Argentina.

    • Meet Augustín from Argentina

      11-month-old Augustín is one of the newest cleft patients at our partner program in Argentina.

    News & Announcements

    • Salsa for Smiles One Week Away!

      The one week countdown to our annual dance event is on. Join us on Thursday September 29 for salsa dancing, live music and smiles.

    • Summer Newsletter Now Available

      Check out the latest news from Transforming Faces and our international partners!