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

    • Sharing NAM Knowledge in Peru

      Our partner in Peru is sharing knowledge she learned through TF with up and coming medical professionals in her community.

    • The 2017 International Cleft Congress is underway!

      TF partners, staff and Board are coming together for the 2017 Cleft Congress in India!

    • Chilean Orthodontist & Pediatric Dentist visits the cleft care team at SickKids Hospital in Toronto

      Dr. Francisca Salazar, Orthodontist, Pediatric Dentist and friend of TF, practices at a large hospital in Santiago, Chile. We connected her with our friends at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), where she spent four days shadowing one of the leading cleft lip and palate repair teams in the world. She shares some of the lessons she learned at SickKids and to tell us about her experiences treating patients with cleft lip and palate at one of the major hospitals in Santiago.

    News & Announcements

    • Award of excellence goes to our partner, Fundación GAVINA

      Our Argentinian partners at Fundación GAVINA have been awarded special recognition from the Tucuman Provincial Legislature for the second year in a row for their excellence in the non-profit sector!

    • Exciting updates from the TF Family – introducing our new Executive Director, Hugh Brewster

      We are excited to introduce you to our new Executive Director, Hugh Brewster, and provide you with a few TF team updates. Get to know Hugh a little better through our Q&A, and catch up on the latest news from the Toronto office.