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Webinar Episode 23: Pandemic Parental Engagement: Supporting Cleft Families



With Ms. Jana Angelova, Ms. Lisseth and Ms. Carolina Rivera

A key strength of Comprehensive Cleft Care (CCC) teams is the ability to build long-term relationships with families affected by cleft, as everyone seeks each child’s full rehabilitation. Within a pandemic context of apprehension, safety concerns and evolving models of care, how can CCC teams effectively engage parents and children on this journey? Please join CCC leaders from Bulgaria and Costa Rica as they explore both challenges and promising strategies for supporting cleft families at this difficult time.

Ms. Jana Angelova is the chairperson of ALA, the national Association for facial anomalies in Bulgaria, and current partner of Smile Train and Transforming Faces. Located in Plovdiv, she has given leadership to the Association for over 18 years.
Ms. Lisseth Valverde has a Master’s degree in child and adolescent psychology and has supported the work of Asociacion LPH, Costa Rica’s national CCC charity, for two years.
Ms. Carolina Rivera is Asociacion LPH’s Speech Therapist and also trains therapists in public schools nationwide. Asociacion LPH is supported by Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe e.V. and Transforming Faces.

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