Social Services

Having a child with cleft lip and palate can be a scary, confusing and depressing for the family. You may have questions such as:

  1. What resources are available for you and your family;
  2. How your child's care will be paid for; and
  3. What to expect regarding your baby's care and during clinic visits.

The social worker's role at White Memorial Medical Center Cleft Palate Program is:

  • To help you and your child deal with emotions and cope with your situation.
  • Serve as a link between your family, the hospital and other healthcare provider, including the school and other institution involved with your child's care.
  • Direct you to support groups and other sources of information.
  • Help you find and use any resources that are available to you and your child.

During your visit, the social worker may ask you several questions about your family, lifestyle, job and finances. Don't be intimidated, this will help him/her to better understand your needs and direct you to resources. Your social worker may contact agencies for you and explain how you can contact agencies on your own. The social worker is available to you when you need him/her to speak with in person or call in between visits at (323) 260-5750.