Health Assessments and Postarrival Evaluations
Health providers may review the available health records of children who have been referred for intercountry adoption to give their prospective parents more information to decide whether they could meet the child's health needs. Some clinics offer postarrival evaluations of children placed with families through intercountry adoption. In this section find information on health and developmental information, postarrival evaluations, and listings of pediatricians and intercountry adoption clinics.
- Health and development information
- Postarrival evaluations
- Pediatricians and intercountry adoption clinics
U.S. Department of State
Provides information about the health of children adopted from other countries and describes the medical exam required for all internationally adopted children.
Health and development information
Challenges Experienced by Intercountry Adopted Children (PDF - 160 KB)
Intercountry Adoption Services, Social Development Canada
Presents a survey of literature regarding challenges that intercountry adopted children may face.
Early Intervention: Spotting Problems in Your Child's Development
Adoptive Families Magazine
Describes the Early Intervention program, which provides special services to children from birth through age 3 such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, and family counseling at low cost.
Health and Developmental Issues of Internationally Adopted Children
International Pediatric Health Services (2005)
Focuses on illnesses, developmental delays, and long-term issues affecting children adopted internationally.
A Healthy Beginning: Important Information for Parents of Internationally Adopted Children (PDF - 95 KB)
American Academy of Pediatrics (2010)
Provides a brochure with information adoptive parents should consider regarding the health and medical visits of their internationally adopted child. The brochure goes over what to expect during the first medical visit, recommended medical screenings, and provides additional resources.
Follow-Up Medical Examination After Arrival in the United States
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Recommends travel preparations, medical examinations before and after arriving in the United States, immunizations, and more. The site also lists tests recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for screenings of infectious and noninfectious diseases.
Families With Children From China
Offers a list of resources for families of children adopted from China.
Neuropsychological Evaluation and Rehabilitation of the Post Institutionalized Child
Emphasizes the importance of immediate neuropsychological and neurodevelopmental evaluations for all children, particularly the older postinstitutionalized child who may present with significant behavioral and adjustment difficulties.
Post-Adoption Check-Ups (PDF - 78 KB)
Adoptive Families Magazine (2003)
Describes recommended medical tests for children adopted internationally once they arrive in the United States.
Adoptive Families Magazine (2003)
Recommends medical screenings for medical problems common to internationally adopted children.
Pediatricians and intercountry adoption clinics
International Adoption Medical Clinics
Provides a directory of clinics and doctors specializing in international adoption medicine.
Council on Foster Care, Adoption, & Kinship Care
American Academy of Pediatrics
Presents a directory by State of pediatricians who provide primary, preadoption, and postadoption care to foster children and adoptive families as well as other services, such as education and travel support.