Adoption Consultation Service

When you’re adopting a child, it can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time, with lots to do and consider. One of the most important aspects is evaluating adoptive children’s health — considering that some children may have faced:

  • challenging social, psychological, and physical influences (such as orphanages, neglect, or abuse)
  • children from other parts of the world may be exposed to certain health risks (such as lead paint or certain diseases)

At the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, our physicians and social workers can help by evaluating your child’s physical and emotional health before and after you bring your child home.

Pre-Adoption Evaluation: Newborns to Age 18

We understand that the adoption process can, at times, be fast-paced with tight deadlines. That’s why we offer timely pre-adoption consultation by telephone, email, and in person — whatever works best for you.

We will:
  • evaluate your child’s medical records
  • review photos and/or videos of your child from the agency
  • identify potential medical or developmental concerns
  • confidentially answer any questions you might have

Based on this information, we’ll give you our best professional opinion about the general wellness of your child. But we can’t offer medical diagnoses or long-term health predictions without appropriate diagnostic testing and evaluation.

Post-Adoption Evaluation

When the adoption is final, we’ll evaluate your child for special medical or developmental conditions, with diagnostic testing and/or specialty consultations in:

  • orthopedics
  • cardiology
  • infectious diseases
  • gastroenterology
  • genetics
  • neurology
  • nutrition
  • asthma and others as needed

How to Schedule an Evaluation

Phone: (302) 651-5800

Just call us to schedule an evaluation. Please note that although insurance covers post-adoption services as specialty visits, pre-adoption visits are not usually covered.

Helpful Information

To learn more about how to look out for your adopted child’s health, check out this article from Nemours’ KidsHealth.org — the #1 most visited website in the world devoted to children’s health:

Contact Us

Delaware Valley
Adoption Consultation Services

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: (302) 651-5800
Fax: (302) 651-5948