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Let’s Talk Clefts
An online discussion that educates and empowers South Africans affected by cleft lip and palate

Date: Monday 20 February 2017
Time: 11am-12noon
Where: Online @Facebook.com/cleftfriends

❤ Grab a cuppa coffee and join our online discussion “Let’s Talk Clefts” with Clinical Psychologist, Sarah Barnes as we explore the topic “How to deal with other people’s feelings and/or reactions to a child affected by cleft lip and/or palate?” Everyone is welcome whether you are a parent of a cleft baby, born with a CLP or affected by CLP in any other way. Your voice in the discussion matters. 

Sarah is a clinical psychologist based in Johannesburg. She began her private practice in 2012 after completing her internship and community service in various government hospitals in Kwa Zulu Natal and Gauteng. Also during 2012 Sarah began work with the Smile Foundation as a Vodacom Change the World volunteer. It was during this year she was allocated the task of managing the Cleft Friends project as part of her work for the Smile Foundation. As she learnt more about the Cleft Friends project and its co-founder Helena Cullis, as well as the vision for the project, Sarah gradually shifted the majority of her attention within Smile to Cleft Friends. 2017 is the sixth year Sarah has been working with Cleft Friends and she is proud of the journey the project has taken.  She looks forward to witnessing the continued growth of Cleft Friends in the future.

Click here if you would like to be added to the Let’s Talk Clefts mailing list and we will send you a reminder on Monday morning ❤ https://goo.gl/forms/3y53PLQnqxgmIHsv1

Improving lives by empowering, advocating  & educating all South African’s affected by cleft lip and palate.

Welcome to the Cleft Friends website where parents speak from their experience, and encourage new parents to celebrate their babies for being a baby first by bonding with them through skin to skin contact, kissing and cuddling them and affirming them in every way possible then we tackle the challenges faced with the cleft journey*. We take the time to listen and then empower parents to ask medical professionals specific questions that will alleviate any anxiety or clear any misunderstanding of information about their child’s diagnosis.

If you have found out that your baby has been diagnosed with a cleft we would love to meet you. When you complete the Cleft Friends membership form we can connect you with parents all around the country who know what you are going through.

The Cleft Friends membership form is for anyone affected by cleft lip and palate in South Africa, this could be:

  • A parent/guardian of a child with a cleft lip and/or palate
  • Anyone who was born with a cleft lip and/or palate
  • A health professional
  • Anyone with some other personal connection to cleft e.g. grandparent, sibling, teacher, friend of someone with a cleft lip and palate
  • Anyone who would like to sign up for our newsletter, help raise funds for our cause and/or attend our awareness events

Click here to become a member.

You are not alone!

Contact Details

Email: info@cleftfriends.co.za
Phone: (082) 393 1206
or (071) 201 6085

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