We want your baby to be safe. With that in mind we have created the list of organizations below which are good sources of information regarding the health and well-being of your child. Click here if you are looking for medical assistance programs for your child.
American Academy of Pediatrics is committed to the well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults, and can provide an adopting family with general information related to child health and with guidelines concerning many child health related issues.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the premier public health agency in the U.S. with the responsibility to protect the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services and is an excellent source of health related information.
State Department of Health in your state is an excellent resource to help you find programs dealing with health and nutrition, insurance and other programs including medical care for children.
The Hepatitis B Foundation will help you learn about infections caused by viruses that directly attack the liver. Chronic viral hepatitis can lead to life-threatening liver cirrhosis (or scarring), liver failure, and liver cancer. It is an issue especially with international adoptions.
International Adoption Medical Clinics can be very valuable resources in helping to evaluate the health of a child that has been referred to you. They can also help if the child has an ailment that is not common and not easily diagnosed or treated. International adoption medical clinics also provide advice on immunizations and post adoption medical examinations. The University of Minnesota International Adoption Medical Clinic is just one of several clinics that can review child adoption referral materials and give you a medical opinion on the health of the child.
Medline Plus is a National Institutes of Health site that offers baby care and health related information from a variety of professional sources. It offers extensive information on a wide variety of illnesses and diseases, lists and hospitals and physicians, provides a medical encyclopedia and dictionary, and gives information on prescription and nonprescription drugs.
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