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International Adoption Doctors

Deciphering medical reports for waiting children can be confusing, worrysome and complicated. We urge all potential adoptive parents to seek the advice of a physician that is trained and experienced in deciphering these reports. These physicians have reviewed many of these reports and will be able to advise you on the current and long term condition of the child you are considering. Please keep in mind that it is their job to give you the worst case scenario in many cases. If you’d ever had surgery, it’s like the doctor giving you a disclaimer on the worst case risks of anesthesia, the surgical procedure, etc. This does NOT mean that any of these things will happen or in the case of the child you are considering, the doctor’s conclusion or report may not mean that the child “has” or “will have” these final outcomes. It is their “opinion” based on the information presented to them. If they actually had the benefit of examining the child, the opinion may be much different.

Many families choose to have their referral information evaluated by a doctor to help them assess the health risks of this child.  Although general pediatricians may be able to help, increasingly families are turning to doctors specializing in international adoption medicine (IA doctors).  The American Academy of Pediatrics has a directory of members in their section on Adoption and Foster Care.  Members of this section specialize in health issues for children adopted from abroad and keep up with new developments.  Another list of IA doctors, although not necessarily member of the AAP Adoption Section, can be found at the University of Minnesota International Adoption Clinic website (click on Other Adoption Medicine Professionals).  It is not necessary that the doctor be located nearby, but some families want to be able to talk with someone in person or want to be able to take their child for a post adoption evaluation to the same doctor who reviewed the referral.

When making your selection, you do want a doctor that has evaluated quite a few kiddos from your country so make sure you include that question in your interview.  Different doctors have different personalities so talk with them first to see if there is a good fit.  When interviewing an IA doctor consider the following questions.

•    How many adoption referrals have you evaluated?  In the last year?

•    How many adoption referrals have you evaluated from my country?

•    How long does it usually take to have a referral evaluated if we have medical information before we travel?

•    How do you arrange to review data if we receive medical information when we are in country?

•    How comfortable do you feel with diagnosing FAS in a child of ___age and______ethnicity?

•    How much do you charge and what is included?  Are phone calls after the initial review included or an extra charge?


We have prepared a list of these doctors to help in this process. This is not a complete list and we do not guarantee or endorse the services of these providers. This information is being provided to adoptive families as a resource only.

International Adoption Specialists