Why do people chose International adoption?
There are numerous reasons why parents choose International adoption, but each case usually has a unique story attached to it. Some people have an affinity for a certain culture, some for humanitarian reasons,
Infectious disease is a very common medical complaint for children adopted Internationally.
Post-Arrival screening tests
It is suggested that families make an appointment with their child’s health care provider within one to two weeks after your arrival home. This will allow you to have their child examined for any contagious illnesses, evaluated for any conditions that need additional medical referrals (chronic problems), and allow the child’s physician to review the child’s immunization status.
Why Russian medical reports are the way they are ?
Frequently prospective adoptive parents (and their advising physicians) are amazed with Russian medical report. I have seen medical reports that when translated into American medical terminology almost describes a devastated child. This information seems to conflict with what the adoption agency reported to the parents and even conflicts with the recent video tapes provided and even with personal contact that the parent may have had with the child when visiting the orphanage.
Adoption Risks & Realities
No-one can predict the future of any adoption program in any particular country. Referrals of children should be considered tentative until the adoption has been finalized and the child is home. Countries may unexpectedly close, laws and requirements may suddenly change causing delays or moratorium on all adoptions. (like what occurred in Romania). Other reasons, such as birth-parents changing their minds, referrals lost to in-country adoption, or children may become seriously ill, could result in the child no longer being available for adoption.
If all of the risks of IA were to become realities, no-one would choose to adopt internationally; however, many times the risks do not always become realities and there are many families who have adopted healthy, happy, flourishing children who are thriving under the loving care of their new parents.