How can I find out the health of a child before adopting?

Health of Birth Parents

By Francisco G

Thousands of people adopt children every year. Many people decide to go to foreign countries in search of a child they would like to adopt, perhaps assuming that it will be a quick and easy process compared to adopting in their homeland.

Many parents are quite happy after having adopted a child overseas, but aside from the apparent ease there are other factors to consider. Since the health of adoptable children is directly tied to their birth parents, will there be any way to check this out?

Maybe a reputable adoption agency with verifiable references will disclose anything they know about the birth parents. Parents must keep in mind that an adoption agency will try to present adoptable children in the best light, so are not eager to share any health history. If parents are dealing with an adoption attorney, the attorney may not know or be unable to disclose any information about the birth parents.

Parents must accept that they are often on their own, and must make up their mind based on their own evaluation of the child. If they do decide to adopt, then visiting a doctor as soon as the adoption is final is the best they can hope for.

Adoption Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Start A Support Group?

How Should I Work With A Therapist?

What Is Community Involvement?

How Can I Help My Child Integrate The Past & Present?

How Can I Help My Child Express Feelings?

How Can A Therapist Help?

How Do I Help My Child With Their Identity?

Where Do I Look For Emotional Support?

Where Can I Find A Support Group?

What is an Adoption home study?

How can an adoptive parent cope with the waiting period after starting an adoption process?

What is termination of parental rights?

What is an adoption plan?

What is the placement period?

What does adoption cost?

Is there financial aid available for my adoption?

Are there any tax benefits from adoption?

What is adoption networking?

What are some legal issues in adoption?

What are the risks associated with adoption?

What is an open adoption?

What are personal references and why are they important?

What kinds of adoption agencies are there?

What is a private or independent adoption?

What is an identified adoption?

What is an adoption facilitator?

How do I go about adopting a child from Russia?

Why is it important to acknowledge the parenthood of an exiled mother?

How can anger and activism benefit surrendering mothers?

How does open adoption cause conflict for natural mothers?

How does adoption affect a mother's relationship with her other children?

How does reunion affect natural mothers?

How are fathers affected by the loss of a child?

How can legal guardianship be used in place of adoption?

Why is a lifebook so important for an adoptive child and her family?

How can I find out the health of a child before adopting?

Recent Adoption Questions

Q. I`m 40 and my husband is 48. Can we adopt?
A. Click for the Answer

Q. Hello,
We just started the process to adopt a baby and were recommended by our lawyer to get adoption insurance; I contacted a couple of companies but none of them offer it anymore. Do you know where to go for it? We live in South Florida.
C. Kuster
A. Click for the Answer

Q. fifteen years ago, I was arrested for possession of marijuana. Will this prevent me from adopting a child?
A. Click for the Answer

Not finding the advice and tips you need on this Adoption Tip Site? Request a Tip Now!

Guru Spotlight
Lynne Christen