Department of Pediatrics
Division of Global Health and Special Services
International Adoption Medicine
Individuals considering international adoption could face a host of complexities throughout the process, including those resulting from health and developmental challenges for the child they plan to adopt. Rutgers Health’s International Adoption Medicine Clinic can help identify any potential areas of medical and developmental concern and refer families to the services that best fit the child’s special needs.
Our team is committed to providing compassionate, highly specialized care for families who are in the process of adopting a child internationally. We understand and can help you navigate the health issues that may arise for children born outside of the United States.
Working in conjunction with the child’s pediatrician, we offer expert consultation to families and physicians, including common medical problems seen in children who are adopted internationally, whether they are country-specific issues or commonly acquired infections/conditions resulting from your child’s travel to the United States, as well as provide an assessment of the child’s developmental level.
The International Adoption Medicine Clinic provides pre- and post-adoption services.
Pre-adoption services include a review of the child’s medical records and video footage (commonly known as a “referral evaluation”). Consultation for assistance with your adoption agency’s special needs checklist is also offered.
Please note: pre-adoption services are not billable to any insurance. A fee schedule is available.
- Referral Evaluation - $350
- Subsequent Referral Evaluations - $300
- Special Needs Checklist Review - $350
Post-adoption, initial post-placement medical evaluations are available following the child’s arrival home. These evaluations include:
- Comprehensive examination
- Developmental assessment
- Lab Tests
- Immunization plan
- Referral to any necessary subspecialty services
In addition, follow-up visits at 6 months and 12 months are recommended.
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Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Dr. Dibs is a board-certified pediatrician who has completed a three-year fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine. She also is the mother of a daughter adopted from China and has been practicing International Adoption Medicine since 2008.