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 ten 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

Especially For Older Children

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.

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