adoption clinic opens
U.Va. nurse Jennifer White began the process of adopting a daughter
from China some years ago, she received a photo and medical report
from the orphanage that was short on information about the child's
development and difficult to interpret.
ask as many questions as you can, but ultimately it's a leap of
faith," said White, who has since adopted another daughter.
Americans adopting more than twice as many children from foreign
countries last year than a decade ago -- a trend confirmed locally
by pediatricians -- the U.Va.
Health System has opened an international adoption clinic
at the Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center.
"The clinic's goal is to offer parents expertise if they have
medical records and videotapes of a child before the adoption
takes place, and then, if they decide to adopt, to do a medical
check up when the child arrives," said co-director Dr. Linda Waggoner-Fountain.
U.Va.'s wide range of pediatric specialists and resources in international
medicine make it an ideal site for such a clinic.
infections, high levels of lead, intestinal parasites and delayed
emotional development are some of the medical problems pediatricians
encounter among children adopted from abroad.
The International Adoption Clinic will be open on Tuesdays. For
more information or to make an appointment, call 924-9130.