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Addressing the Medical and Developmental Needs of Internationally Adopted Children

We know the process of adopting a child from another country can be challenging. Each year, thousands of American families adopt children from overseas, and the number continues to grow. Nemours International Medicine Adoption Program is an international adoption clinic led by doctors with decades of combined experience caring for adopted children and their families.

What to Expect

From Your International Adoption Consultation With Nemours

Nemours International Medicine Adoption Program is designed to help adopting parents navigate the medical and psychological parts of international adoption, while giving you the tools to make the right choices for your family. We provide pre-adoption evaluations and medical reviews (once a child has been identified) for children from countries all over the world. 

Our program has expertise in adoptive children with special needs, including fetal alcohol syndrome, HIV, cerebral palsy, cleft lip and palate, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other medical and behavioral disorders in adopted children. Plus, as part of Nemours Children’s Health, our international adoption medicine experts have immediate access to pediatric specialists in many locations and areas of expertise.

Because adoption is for life, we’ll be here with you every step of the way, for as long as you need us. 


Pre-Adoption Consultations and Medical Reviews

Prior to adopting your child, our international adoption medicine experts can help you:

  • Identify potential medical issues based on a child’s geography and care setting
  • Review medical records and photos that have been provided (once a child has been identified)
  • Help you determine potential long-term medical care needs and challenges
  • Provide on-call telephone and email support during adoption-related travel


Post-Adoption Services

If you proceed with an international adoption, you have the option to do your child’s immediate follow-up care at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Florida (Orlando) or Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware (Wilmington).

These evaluations are typically covered by insurance and would include:

  • Determining any prescription, immunization and medical equipment needs
  • Determining the need to meet with other specialists to discuss specific diagnoses
  • The creation of an individualized long-term care plan for your child and family

Once you return home, whether you choose Nemours for your child’s long-term care or you need assistance with establishing a plan closer to home, our team will assist you with the following:

  • Our international adoption specialists’ recommendations for ongoing care
  • Scheduled follow-ups with other Nemours specialists, if needed


Resources for Families

Nemours Cares for Children Internationally

Nemours International Medicine Adoption Program is part of Nemours Children’s, providing immediate access to pediatric primary and specialty care experts in Delaware, Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

Nemours is a nonprofit pediatric health system dedicated to:

  • Life-changing medical care and research
  • Helping kids grow up healthy
  • Advocating for kids nationally
  • Training tomorrow’s pediatric experts

Related Information

Learn more about our International Medicine Adoption Program.