As a general rule of thumb, medical information and testing of children that are being placed for international adoption is limited. While the newborn screening is not an essential test in order to make a decision about accepting a referral, it is another piece of medical information that can make the decision process a little […]
As I mentioned in my introductory post that I would write about real life experiences that families with Internationally Adopted children have in the immediate Post-Adoption period in the medical field. Today I will write about little Jeremy who is only 6 months old, and only recently arrived to the United States from Guatemala. While […]
Ethiopia in 2006 has become one of the top 5 countries for American adoptions. This attraction is heightened by the beauty and appeal of the children, their ethnic diversity and their religions which encompass the Judaic, Christian and Muslim traditions. However as one of the highest ranking countries in the world for maternal mortality, malnutrition, […]
Are eye problems and other visual disturbances more prevalent in the internationally adopted child when compared to the general population? Poor visual acuity is one of the most important medical factors that can contribute to poor behavioral, developmental and academic achievement in a child if left untreated. The actual country of birth of the child […]
Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by infection with the hepatitis C virus. The virus causes liver inflammation, which interferes with proper liver function. It can eventually lead to severe, permanent liver damage and cirrhosis and may be complicated by liver cancer. Because the initial symptoms are mild, hepatitis C often goes unnoticed until […]
While reviewing the adoption medical abstract you may come across a cardiac finding that may require further investigation. It is important to determine if there is any cardiac abnormality which may affect the development of the child. There are some congenital heart conditions (those that you are born with) which can occur for a variety […]
I am wondering how you differentiate a child suffering from ADHD from a child who was raised for 2.5 years in an orphanage and has very limited early life data. The etiology of ADHD is difficult to ascertain and in the patient who has a history of spending part of their life growing up in […]
The pre-adoption medical evaluation is performed by an adoption specialist and is not mandatory to complete your adoption. It is however strongly reccomened by both adoption agencies and adoption professionals that this be done.