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International Adoption Medicine

The International Adoption Clinic at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, in partnership with the Kennedy Krieger Institute, offers pre- and post-adoption services to families who are in the process of adopting a child internationally.

Pre-Adoption Services

  • Comprehensive evaluation of the child’s medical and developmental record (“the referral”) prior to adoption and travel
  • Videotape review
  • Consultation regarding common medical problems seen in those who are internationally adopted, including country specific issues
  • Consultation for assistance with completion of a special needs checklist
  • Suggestions for diet and nutrition while traveling and after arrival home
  • Prescription medications for your child during travel, including medications for commonly acquired bacterial infections, scabies and lice
  • A comprehensive travel supply list, including over-the-counter medications
  • Referral to an International Travel Clinic  

Download the client information form / consent form  

Fees are charged for services pre-travel.  

Post-Adoption Services

  • Comprehensive physical examination
  • Diagnosis and management of acute medical issues
  • Developmental screening
  • All recommended screening lab tests
  • Referrals for medical, surgical, developmental and psychosocial specialty care, when needed
  • Full communication with your child’s pediatrician
  • Follow-up visits to our clinic at 6 and 12 months post-arrival to reevaluate medical problems and developmental progress.  


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