International Adoption Center
Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About the International Adoption Center

The International Adoption Center answers frequently asked questions for patients and families.

Internationally adopted children often have unique medical and social issues. Some are malnourished and many have not had complete vaccination against disease; infectious diseases are common. Many of them face the developmental and psychological impact of institutionalization and sensory deprivation.

The IAC is not an adoption agency that places children with families. We provide five main services:

  • Pre-adoption consultation
  • Post-adoption screening and evaluation
  • Workshops
  • Research
  • Mental Health Services and Educational Testing

Our research has led to immunization recommendations that are in place on a national level. The IAC is not a replacement for pediatricians and family physicians, but a resource for primary care providers. We work hand in hand with them in addressing adoption-related issues.

We have an interdisciplinary staff that includes:

  • A Physician
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • Psychologist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Attachment Specialist
  • School Advocate

In 2014, families in the United States adopted about 6,400 children from around the world. The number has been falling in recent years; in 2004, nearly 23,000 children were adopted from other countries. 

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Since 1999, the IAC has assisted more than 3,000 adoptive families from 47 states and nine countries.
These children were born in 49 different countries around the world.

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  • Emails should NOT be zipped
  • Documents with words should either be formatted in Word or PDF
  • Photos should NOT be embedded in the email, they should be sent as attachments
  • No more than eight attachments per email
    • Yes, you are more than welcome to send multiple emails
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    • No Hightail or Dropbox

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Contact Us

For additional information, contact the International Adoption Center at 513-636-2877.