ACPA Family Services works to enhance national awareness and understanding of facial differences. ACPA encourages providers and families to find unique and relevant ways to build cleft and craniofacial awareness in their local communities, especially during National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness Month every July.

Treatment specialists, support organizations, advocacy groups, and affected individuals and families join forces every July to spread awareness of facial differences. Here are some ideas to promote awareness:

Online

  • Submit your unique and powerful story to ACPA Family Services for national awareness campaigns.
  • Submit a picture via Email for ACPA Family Services to share on social media.
  • Contact Us about your activities so they can be shared and publicized.
  • Follow Us on social media (Facebook, Twitter).
  • Add the “Cleft Awareness” Facebook Frame or Twibbon to your profile picture for the month of July.
  • Post a story or pictures on your own social media accounts and use #cleftawareness.

Community

  • Request official acknowledgment of the awareness month from your local government. Here’s a sample proclamation from the Mayor of Chapel Hill, North Carolina declaring July as Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness Month in the Town of Chapel Hill.
  • Make ACPA Family Services brochures available in your general health care provider’s office. Email Us for information.
  • Work with your treatment team to hold an awareness-building event in your community.
  • Ask a local newspaper or news station to feature someone in your community with a facial difference. If your community is hosting an event for Awareness Month, request local media coverage.
  • Write to a state or federal representative to advocate for cleft palate/craniofacial patients and insurance legislation to cover treatment costs. ACPA can share information with you to heighten their awareness of medically-necessary cleft and craniofacial care.
  • Seek out a local support group and get involved, or consider starting one in your community. Many support groups have moved online, so look for conversations or groups where you can contribute a positive and informed perspective.
  • Support ACPA with a local fundraising activity. Contact us for fundraising assistance.

Thank you for helping ACPA Family Services build cleft and craniofacial awareness nationwide.