Comprehensive health evaluation of the newly adopted child

Veronnie F. Jones, Pamela C. High, Elaine Donoghue, Jill J. Fussell, Mary Margaret Gleason, Paula K. Jaudes, David M. Rubin, Elaine E. Schulte

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Children who join families through the process of adoption often have multiple health care needs. After placement in an adoptive home, it is essential that these children have a timely comprehensive health evaluation. This evaluation should include a review of all available medical records and a complete physical examination. Evaluation should also include diagnostic testing based on the findings from the history and physical examination as well as the risks presented by the child's previous living conditions. Age-appropriate screens should be performed, including, for example, newborn screening panels, hearing, vision, dental, and formal behavioral/developmental screens. The comprehensive assessment can occur at the time of the initial visit to the physician after adoptive placement or can take place over several visits. Adopted children should be referred to other medical specialists as deemed appropriate. The Section on Adoption and Foster Care is a resource within the American Academy of Pediatrics for physicians providing care for children who are being adopted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e214-e223
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Adoption
  • Developmental assessment
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Medical screening
  • Preadoption visit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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