Important Information For Parents of Internationally Adopted Children: Brought to you by the American Pediatric Association

Image1 Evaluating Your Child’s Health Upon Arrival Home
Congratulations on the adoption of your child! As you begin your new life together, it is important that you help your child have a healthy future.

What You Need to Do
Children adopted internationally are at risk for diseases related to their living conditions, and many being adopted today have very complex special health needs. Because of these factors, a medical examination soon after arriving in the United States is very important. This may be done by your child’s doctor or a specialist in adoption medicine. If your child has special health needs, he or she may also need to see one or more medical specialists — but a general overview visit and a primary healthcare provider to coordinate care between multiple services is a good place to start.

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