FAQ Section

What information should I expect/request from the adoption agency and orphanage?

Just like with any type of medical evaluation the doctor needs to know the following: maternal history, birth history (prenatal care if any, birth weight, height, and head circumference, gestational age, Apgar scores), medical examinations, tests, and hospitalizations.

Ongoing measurements over time are extremely helpful to assess growth. Current developmental milestones (vocalizing, sitting alone, eating semisolid food, strong eye contact) are also helpful.

Sometimes statements are available from the caregivers about the child’s personality, demeanor, and skills. It’s very helpful if the orphanage doctors give an opinion about whether the child has any signs of fetal alcohol syndrome, genetic syndromes or any other type of medical issues.

What can I expect from the pre-adoption evaluation?

Often the decision to accept a child for adoption must be made quickly. There is a minimal turnaround time on all pre-adoption medical record documents and videotape reviews. Every effort will be made to return a written and verbal review of the materials as soon as possible. A written report will be sent to your home for your records upon completion. The report will include general impressions about the growth, developmental and emotional status of the child at the time of the recording. In addition, we may be able to provide impressions concerning the child's overall health status. The doctors will later call you to go over the entire report as well as answer any questions that the parent may have.

What is the cost for a Pre-adoption consultation?

Standard Consultation fee structure: 1) One trip adoption process $350. We evaluate video, pictures, medical records and provide a detailed medical report as well as a telephone review with the adopting parents. Additional videos, pictures or medical report will be charged at $100 per consultation and written report.2) Two trip adoption process $500. We evaluate  the initial video tapes, pictures, medical records and provide a detailed medical report as well as a telephone review with the adopting parents. We then will upon the initial visit have the parents prepare special video recordings to review the actual development of the child, and to take detailed and specific photos. Upon returning, we will review this new medical data and add it to our report.

Will my insurance cover this evaluation?

Since you have not formally adopted your child at the time of the pre-adoption medical evaluation your insurance will not cover the cost. Due to this, the Doctors at Adoptiondoctors.com cannot bill your insurance for the pre-adoption evaluation services. The cost of your evaluation can be paid by check that needs to be sent with your records. If you decide that after the adoption you wish to see any of these doctors for medical care, we will be able to bill your insurance through our general pediatric office.

If I decide I want a pre-adoption evaluation, what do I do?

If you decide to have a pre-adoption evaluation you will need to fill out the Pre-adoption Information Sheet and the consent form. This form should be  completed emailed initially in order to schedule the evaluation with a particular Physician as well as being mailed to us with the medical records package. 

In order to expedite your pre-adoption review, the following information must be completed before your pre-adoption evaluation can occur:

completed pre-adoption information sheet and signed consent formpictures or other documents to be reviewed with your initials and the dateEnglish translation of the medical records and native language records video tape.

How do I pay for Services provided?

Presently we accept only check or money orders. We will in the near future accept credit cards or paypal. Please make the check payable to the physician who will be performing your evaluation and not to Adoptiondoctors

What will the pre-adoption report include?

A verbal report and written report: will be provided within 72 hours upon receipt of materials. We can often provide this feedback within 24-48 hours, depending on schedules. The written report will be mailed, emailed or faxed. After careful parental evaluation of the report, a telephone conference will be provided with the consulting physician.

What is the best country to adopt from?

There is no best country to adopt from, this is really a personal choice.  Some people look at their family history, others have an interest in particular cultures and are drawn to political issues in a country, (i.e. an infant girl abandonment in China or poverty in Eastern Europe). A family can be created from any country.

Will I need to download any special software?

You do not need to download any special software, but you will need to be running a windows platform computer. Currently, people running Macs will not be able to view our lectures, but they can use our service in the same way that the dial-up clients access our seminars.

Do I need a high-speed Internet connection to read the courses?

In order to view the instructor and the PowerPoint slides at the same time, a broadband connection is mandatory. For those who have dial-up Internet, seminar video can still be accessed, but not the slides. You will need to follow along with a downloaded version of the PowerPoint slides.

How do the Adoption Education Classes online work?

You will see and hear your instructor on your computer screen as well as the synchronized PowerPoint presentation slides, all from the privacy of your home! It is similar to how doctors learn in medical school.

Our online classes are easy and fun! Adoptive families can learn at their own pace, schedule and from the privacy of your own home. If you need to interact with the instructor, a class discussion forum is available for questions. The instructors will be notified via email and their answers will be posted there.

Do I need to be affiliated with an agency to take a course?

No, these online video classes and certification programs are available to anyone seeking adoption education and more importantly Adoption Education Certification.

How long does it take to complete the material?

Each course is equivalent to 1 hour of educational material. Class duration is approximately 45 minutes long and the online quiz will takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. You will not need to spend countless hour reading material on a computer screen. Our instructors will speak directly to you and teach you exactly what you need in order pass the online quiz and eligibility for certification.

Will I receive a certificate after completing each course?

You will receive a certificate of completion after you successfully viewed to the entire video class as well as completed the online quiz. For those requiring it, the PDF file of your Certificate with your name, class name, and number of credits completed can be forwarded to your adoption agency for your file.

Can I skip the video and just take the test in order to certify

NO!!! We feel that adoption education classes are vital to making the adoption process a success. Education and knowledge is the only way that you as a parent can be adequately prepared for the adoption journey that lies in front of you.

What if I do not need formal certification of a class, but I am interested in learning about adoption medical topics

You can still access the classes but at a reduced fee.

How do I pay for adoption education classes?

You can pay online with a Credit Card by using your paypal account. Doing this will give you immediate access to your particular online class activity.