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Adopting Families - Child Health and DiseaseAdopting Families - Child Health and Disease

Health and Disease

We recommend that you always have the child you are adopting seen by a health professional for a comprehensive physical and screening prior to placement and adoption.

The Hepatitis B Foundation

Viral hepatitis are infections caused by viruses that directly attack the liver. The most common forms of viral hepatitis are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and hepatitis D.  The Hepatitis B Foundation is an excellent website to learn all about hepatitis.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the main agency in the United States government that is responsible for protecting the health and safety of all U.S. citizens and for providing essential human services.   This is an excellent website to check out a wide variety of heath and disease issues.

Medline Plus

The U.S. National Institutes of Health sponsors Medline Plus where you will find baby/child care and health related information from many sources including the Mayo Clinic, The American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Library of Medicine. On this site you can also find lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia, a medical dictionary, information on drugs, both prescription and nonprescription, and extensive information on diseases and health-related conditions.

Child Medical Evaluations

International adoption medical clinics are good resources for international medical and health information.  International adoption medical clinics provide advice on pre-adoption evaluations, immunizations and post adoption medical examinations. 

Below are several programs that will review referral materials and offer an adopting family a medical opinion on the health of the child you are planning to adopt.

International Adoption Clinic

International Adoption Clinic at Children’s Hospital

International Adoption Clinic at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital

International Adoption Clinic of Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins Children's Center

University of Minnesota International Adoption Medical Information Clinic

Help for Adopting Families by State

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 California  New Jersey
 Colorado  New Mexico
 Connecticut  New York
 Delaware  North Carolina
 Florida  North Dakota
 Georgia  Ohio
 Hawaii  Oklahoma
 Idaho  Oregon
 Illinois  Pennsylvania
 Indiana  Rhode Island
 Iowa  South Carolina
 Kansas  South Dakota
 Kentucky  Tennessee
 Louisiana  Texas
 Maine  Utah
 Maryland  Vermont
 Massachusetts  Virginia
 Michigan  Washington
 Minnesota  West Virginia
 Mississippi  Wisconsin
 Missouri  Wyoming
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