The Yale International Adoption Clinic offers comprehensive services to adopting families, internationally adopted children and the community doctors who care for them.
Americans interested in adopting children from countries and areas such as Russia, China, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, and Central and South America, need to be aware these children bring with them unique and complex physical, developmental and emotional issues that have the potential to interfere with their adjustment to their new families.
The Adoption Clinic staff are knowledgeable about the unique medical and social conditions of children from other countries, are skilled in managing infectious diseases, and understand the developmental and psychological impact of institutionalization and sensory deprivation.
The goal of the clinic is to assist families every step of the way: from providing guidance and information about pre-adoption records to performing a careful post-adoption assessment of an individual child's medical, developmental and psychosocial well-being. Educational seminars are offered throughout the year for both pre- and post-adoption needs.Building intimate relationships with caregivers provides children with a framework of how to understand and interact with the world. Children who haven't had that experience may exhibit many behavioral symptoms that need to be assessed. The clinic staff can help pediatricians caring for children who may need specialized attention, and they can help parents figure out ways to help their child learn coping strategies. The workshop Building the Bonds provides tools to the parents, and private counseling is also available.
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|Andiman, Warren Alan, MD||Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Disease) and of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Co-Director, Yale Adoption Clinic; Medical Director, Pediatric AIDS Care Program||(203) 785-4730 Appts
(203) 785-6961 Fax
|Weitzman, Carol Cohen, MD||Associate Professor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics) and in the Child Study Center; Director, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Program; Director, Yale Adoption/Foster Clinic ; Fellowship Program Director, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics||(203) 785-7521 Appts
(203) 737-1208 Fax