Postadoption/Clinical Services

Eckerle with child

Schedule a Clinic Visit Today!

No matter how long you've been together, a first visit to the Adoption Medicine Clinic can happen at any time - whether you've been together as a family for one week or five years. Of course, the first visit for a brand new adoptee will look different than for a child who has been with you for a long time. Either way, we are a consultative clinic, so we work in coordination with your primary care pediatrician, rather than in place of your regular pediatric care provider.

For a clinic visit, please call 612-365-6777.

Initial Screening

An initial screening should ideally be scheduled within 2-3 weeks after your child's arrival to the U.S. The visit includes:

  • Complete physical examination
  • Initial development status
  • Laboratory evaluation
  • Time to address your questions regarding your child's adjustment

Please allow 2 hours for the first visit. 

Typically, a 3- or 6-month follow-up visit is recommended to recheck labs and developmental progress. View our screening tests.

Issues We Can Help With

  • Adjustment and transition 
(see also Child Mental Health, Development and Transition Clinic)
  • Attachment and social-emotional development
  • Audiology
  • Behavior
  • Cognitive function
  • Domestic adoption issues
  • Eating
  • Endocrine issues
  • Fetal alcohol effects (see also FASD evaluations)
  • Genetics
  • Infectious diseases
  • Malnutrition
  • Neuropsychology
  • Occupational/physical therapy
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pre-existing medical conditions
  • Sleep
  • Speech/language

For Children Ages 3 to 10 Years Old

If your child has already been home for a while, we offer a more focused visit which includes: review of parent concerns, review of the child’s pre- and post-adoption medical and social history, a complete physical examination (depending on reported concerns) and lab testing and referrals, as needed.

FASD Testing

Your child does not have to have been internationally adopted to be seen at the Adoption Medicine Clinic. The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) evaluation requires two visits: the first is a medical appointment where we will review medical history, perform a physical examination and do developmental assessment; the second is a psychologist visit for cognitive and developmental testing.