Who is an adoption medical specialist?

Joni Johnston
An adoption medical specialist is typically a physician who has had extensive experience reviewing medical records of children who are available for adoption. This is important for a number of reasons; 1) with regards to international adoption, it is against the law in some countries for "healthy" children to be adopted out of country, so all children are given some kind of diagnosis, and 2) some problems are environmentally induced while others may be genetic or chronic. An adoption medical specialist should be familiar with the country in which you are adopting and able to sort through problems that are mild or correctable (or due to lack of stimulation) versus those that may need longer term care or not be correctable. Often, medical adoption specialists have adopted children as well.

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