• Adoption Services

    Despite the growing numbers of internationally adopted children, only about a dozen centers in the United States provide specific help for these children and their families. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's International Adoption Center is designed to offer assistance and much more.

  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center International Adoption Center (IAC) experts guide prospective parents through the challenges of the pre-adoption process. The IAC staff is knowledgeable about the unique medical and social conditions in other countries, is skilled in managing infectious diseases and understands the developmental and psychological impact of institutionalization and sensory deprivation.

    International Adoption Center services include:

    • Identifying the special needs or limitations that parents are willing to accept in their adopted child
    • Evaluating referral videotapes, photographs and medical histories of potential adoptees
    • Preparing adoptive parents for their trip abroad to adopt their child, including providing information on immunizations, disease prevention and supplies to take
    • Providing medical and emotional support for families during their stay abroad, with telephone access to the International Adoption Center

    Disclaimer and Fee Schedule

    The International Adoption Center (IAC) at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center offers a medical evaluation for newly adopted children. The evaluation includes a comprehensive medical, developmental and nutritional assessment, baseline laboratory tests, screening for infectious diseases and immunization recommendations.

    The IAC staff also can offer ongoing consultation to the doctors who will routinely care for these children.

    As part of a comprehensive healthcare center, the IAC can readily call on experts in gastroenterology, neurology, genetics, psychology, occupational and physical therapy, as well as other specialties.

    Creating knowledge about the medical challenges of international adoption can serve all current and future adoptive parents, as well as health and adoption professionals. The International Adoption Center (IAC) at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is building a research program to examine the health status of all patients served.

    Over time, data collection and analysis will uncover country-specific health trends and related implications. Such data will help predict clinical outcomes and support research initiatives.

    Learn more about a research study for children adopted from Guatemala.

  • Additional Resources

    [Video] From Our Patients: What to expect from the International Adoption Center.

  • International Adoption Center at Cincinnati Children's.
  • Seminars, Workshops & Education

    We are dedicated to raising awareness of the unique medical and developmental needs of children adopted from other countries. Learn more about upcoming educational programs for physicians, parents, social workers and adoption agencies.

    Read More