Since 1986, the Adoption Medicine Clinic at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital has reviewed pre-adoption medical records for more than 25,000 children from more than 30 countries. We are available for consultations before you adopt to help in understanding the medical needs that you may encounter and decipher the lengthy medical checklist. Once a child has been referred to you, we can review the medical records to provide information on various medical conditions, country-specific medical concerns and possible issues to consider as you continue with your adoption process.
We can guide you toward services and medical specialties to support you and your child. We offer comprehensive, coordinated care and can help to facilitate local, national or international visits for full assessments. Some of our services include:
- Medical care for children in foster care or those who are adopted and have unique medical needs, and coordination of care in partnership with your child’s primary care provider and specialists
- Consultations and help in building and strengthening the parent-child relationship during the initial adjustment period
- Support to adopted children or children in foster care in developing their emotional regulation skills within the context of their relationship with their parent or caregiver
- Ongoing monitoring of the developmental trajectory for children up to age 5 to help them prepare for school
- Additional mental health, learning and medical health consultations for school age children, specifically regarding issues within the parent-child relationship and emotion regulation, to help families to develop a comprehensive intervention plan