The Cleft Lip & Palate Association of Ireland (CLAPAI), registered charity, is a voluntary group formed to provide support and information for parents of children affected by cleft lip and palate and those directly affected by the condition.
CLAPAI seeks to provide support through talking to new parents and providing advice on feeding, and ongoing medical care throughout the treatment. Most of the people active on the CLAPAI committee are parents themselves, and thus are in a position to give a valuable perspective, practical advice and support. To this end we supply an information booklet to parents and maternity hospitals.
Many parents experience a wide range of emotions when they enter the world of cleft lip and palate. Amongst those emotions are fear of the unknown and a sense of isolation. Our informal gatherings allow parents to share with one another their thoughts and fears and to rid any sense of isolation. Open discussion is encouraged on all topics that affect the children and their families. Parents, grandparents and guardians are all welcome. We hope that everyone will benefit, even if it is just to feel that you are not alone.
Please see www.cleft.ie for details of upcoming events.