American Cleft Palate - Craniofacial Association

committed to team care…

Team Care

Teams are comprised of experienced and qualified professionals from medical, surgical, dental, and allied health disciplines working in an interdisciplinary and coordinated system. The purpose and goal of Teams is to ensure that care is provided in a coordinated and consistent manner with the proper sequencing of evaluations and treatments within the framework of the patient’s overall developmental, medical, and psychological needs.

Parameters for Evaluation and Treatment of Patients with Cleft Lip/Palate or Other Craniofacial Anomalies
American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
Revised 2009

Team Standards

Standards for Cleft and Craniofacial Teams
The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) and Cleft Palate Foundation (CPF) have developed standards that identify essential characteristics of quality for Team composition and functioning in order to facilitate the improvement of team care.  more

Team Approval

Commission on Approval of Teams
The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) and Cleft Palate Foundation (CPF) created the Commission on Approval of Teams (CAT) to manage an approval process which facilitates the improvement of team care and ensures that accurate information can be provided by ACPA and CPF to patients and families/caregivers regarding services provided by those Teams that meet specified standards.   more

Team Listings

US and International Geographic Listing of Cleft and Craniofacial Teams

International Treatment Programs

Find out about international treatment programs providing cleft care to different regions of the world.


The 2016 application is available for download. Please click here for more details.

Application Examples
To view examples of documentation that Teams have submitted as evidence of compliance of the Standards for Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Teams, please click here.