Adoption Medicine And Counseling

Adoption Medicine And Counseling Specialist
When you open up your home and heart to a child through adoption, you make a promise to love and care for them. The pediatricians at Carnegie Hill Pediatrics support your decision and offer a full range of adoption medicine and counseling services to help you through your adoption process and beyond. If you’re located on the Upper East Side of New York City and are considering adoption, Carnegie Hill Pediatrics can help. Contact the office today to learn more.

Adoption Medicine and Counseling Q & A

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What is adoption medicine and counseling?

Through adoption medicine, your pediatrician helps you navigate the complex system of adoption and addresses the medical issues specific to adopted children. These doctors may perform pre-adoption evaluations and, once the child is with you, perform necessary preventive and ongoing care.

Adoption medicine specialists are aware of the struggles and complications involved in adoption, and they provide counseling on things like travel medication and vaccines, cultural obstacles, and new parent coaching.

What are the special needs of adopted children?

Adopted children are at particular risk for certain ailments and conditions. Depending on the age of the child and the type of adoption, these children have an increased danger of developing:

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Diarrhea
  • Latent tuberculosis
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Lead poisoning

If the child you’re adopting is older, they may express some emotional or behavioral issues throughout the transition. These problems typically resolve themselves with patience, care, and support. Talk to your pediatrician at Carnegie Hill Pediatrics about your particular case to get further advice or input.

There are also many children with special needs waiting to be adopted. They may already be diagnosed with a chronic condition and may need regular, intensive medical care. From poor pre- and postnatal care and malnutrition to HIV and AIDS, the special needs of adopted children can be severe.

What services are needed for an adoption?

Carnegie Hill Pediatrics can provide a broad range of services that you may require throughout an adoption. If you’re starting to think about adoption, you can receive adoption counseling, which helps you understand the adoption process and what to expect as you proceed.

If you’re adopting domestically, you may need:

  • Prenatal record analysis
  • Medical history review
  • OB/GYN consultation

For an international adoption, Carnegie Hill Pediatrics recommends:

  • Video and photo review
  • Updates from abroad
  • Consultation from abroad

Once the child is with you, an initial adoption visit is scheduled, which includes:

  • Developmental screening
  • Physical exam
  • Parenting education
  • Laboratory work
  • Counseling

If you think adoption may be right for you and are looking for a pediatrician who can help you navigate the process, book an appointment with Carnegie Hill Pediatrics today.

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