Living with Cleft Lip and Palate, Josh

Josh’s Story—Written by his mom, Krista


Josh was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate.  His mother, Krista, shares Josh’s inspirational story below.

As a family of three, we decided to adopt a child from China. During the adoption process, we agreed to adopt a child with special health care needs, and shortly thereafter, we were matched with Josh, a little boy with cleft lip and palate. His condition was surgically repaired while he was still in China, when he was about two years old. He was reexamined after we brought him home, and the doctors were impressed with his repair. He shouldn’t need another procedure until he’s between eight and 10 years old.

Josh is doing beautifully so far. At first, he needed some speech therapy to make sure he was on track, but he no longer needs these services because his skills are age appropriate. He also did wonderful at picking up his new English language. Josh is becoming quite the entertainer. He loves to make people laugh and tease his older brother. We are so lucky to have him.