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Disclose a Drug Conviction?

My husband and I are getting ready to begin the international adoption process, and wondering whether it is necessary to disclose something. Thirty years ago, my husband was convicted on a... [more]

Newborn Screening for Guatemalan Babies

Why is the newborn screening program important for babies being adopted internationally from Guatemala? As a general rule of thumb, medical information and testing of children that are b... [more]

Post-Placement Supervision After Adopting?

Why is agreement to post-placement supervision important before I adopt? Post-placement supervision for international adoption is a series of meetings one of which is conducted in your h... [more]

Stress-Causing Issues to Consider Before Adopting

People tell me that international adoption is easy. I would like to know what issues I should be aware of that may have a stressful impact on my family . In my experience, a majority of t... [more]

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Orphanage Immunization Records

Can immunization records from orphanages be relied upon, given that vaccinations in third-world nations often are not on par with accepted standards? To revaccinate or not is a ve... [more]

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About is an innovative domestic and international adoption private practice dedicated to helping parents and adoption agencies with the complex pre-adoption medical issues of internationally adopted children. Phyisicans are Board Certified General Pediatricians with an interest and experience in adoption medicine. All medical interactions are performed via e-mail, express mail, telephone and fax. There is no need to make a live appointment or travel outside of your hometown. The range of associated specialties includes psychological counseling, homestudy preparation, and legal services. Issues pertaining to emotional and psychological matters are referred to a psychologist specializing in the entire adoptive family unit—not just the child. An social worker deals with homestudies, as well as school issues concerning the adopted child. Attorneys frequently consult on legal matters pertaining to both international and domestic adoption.

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