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Adoption Medicine

The International Adoption Clinic

We provide pre-adoption medical review of referral information, pre-adoption travel counseling, post-adoption clinic care, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) evaluations and child mental health services in the form of development and transition counseling for international or domestic adoptees.

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Pre-adoption medical record reviews and post-adoption clinic visits

Adoption unites parents and children who need each other. Questions often come up while you are building a bond with your child. Many of these can be resolved through guidance of our team in the International Adoption Medicine Program at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. We are able to test mental and physical progress. We can guide you toward services and medical specialties to support you and your child by providing:
  • Age appropriate social-emotional and behavioral testing for children ages 5 and older
  • Psychological evaluations to help predict current and future learning potential
  • Resource information for children who are adopted and have unique medical needs
  • Referrals to various medical specialties
  • Post-adoption specialty clinic care in partnership with your child’s primary-care provider

Since 1986, the International Adoption Medicine Program at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital has reviewed pre-adoption medical records of more than 20,000 children from more than 30 countries. Come see us before you adopt for a consultation and medical record review so we can provide information on various medical conditions and country-specific medical issues.

We provide programs and services for your adopted child

  • Cognitive, social-emotional and behavioral testing (age appropriate)for children ages 5 and older
  • Information on resources for children who are adopted and have unique medical needs
  • Post-adoption specialty clinic care in collaboration with children’s primary-care providers
  • Psychological evaluations to assess cognitive development and developmental trajectory
  • Referral assistance to various medical specialties

Meet the Adoption Medicine providers

Adoption Medicine

Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.

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Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.

Meet Elizabeth

When Elizabeth arrived in the United States at 14 months old, she had multiple medical issues. The St. Paul family who adopted her in 2004 knew she had spent most of her life in a Russian orphanage.

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 Elizabeth's limited medical history showed that she was at high risk for prenatal alcohol exposure and low birth weight.  When Elizabeth arrived in the United States, she was physically small, had severe developmental delays and multiple medical issues common to adopted children.

The Adoption Medicine Program team at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital reviewed her history and provided Elizabeth and her parents a variety of care and resources to help her catch up. The team cared for Elizabeth several times during her first years in Minnesota and referred her for additional consultation and treatment by pediatric specialists in endocrinology, ophthalmology, ear, nose and throat (ENT) and audiology.

Elizabeth also needed help with developmental-behavioral problems with attention and communication. She underwent behavioral assessments and interventions by child psychologists specializing in adoptee issues. “Today, Elizabeth is a happy, well-adjusted, school-aged child thanks to this outstanding program,” says her mom Caroline.

Zachary and his parents also find help
Read about another family who took advantage of the Adoption Medicine program at Univeristy of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital in a December 2011 article in Minnesota Monthly.
 
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