The Cleft Lip & Palate Association of Ireland (CLAPAI)

The Cleft Lip & Palate Association of Ireland (CLAPAI), a registered charity, is a voluntary group formed to provide support and information for parents of children affected by cleft lip and palate and to those directly affected by the condition. There are over 100 new births per year and approximately 2000 children in treatment at any given time. We distribute information leaflets, publish newsletters and most recently, provide new parent maternity packs. We also organise information evenings, new parent evenings and family fun days. Our New Parents Information Pack is distributed to all maternity units throughout the country to give support and information to new parents of cleft children.

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.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. It is a Company limited by guarantee and has been granted charity status* by the Revenue Commissioners.

CLAPAI has also been active in fund-raising in order to aid hospitals and clinics in the purchase of new equipment, and has assisted in sending medical professionals to conferences abroad.