What are the special needs common to international adoption. What special needs do we see from specific countries. We speak with Dr. Kimara Gustafson, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and a pediatrician at their Adoption Medicine Clinic. She also has her Masters in Public Health.

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Hit the Highlights

International adoption has become overwhelmingly a special needs adoption program from all countries.

We talk about the most common special needs–what are they and how involved is the post adoption care?

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Heart issues
  • Craniofacial
  • Cleft lip/palate
  • Developmental Special Needs
    • Autism
    • Down Syndrome
  • Developmental Delays
  • Hepatitis B and C
  • HIV
  • Orthopedic special needs
    • Clubbed Foot
    • Limb or digit deficiencies
  • Albinism
  • Hearing loss
  • Vision Loss
  • Urogenital
  • Ambiguous genitalia
  • Imperforate anus
  • Emotional/Trauma
  • Older kids
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Prenatal Exposure

What type of special needs do you see from the major placing countries?

  • China
  • India
  • Colombia
  • Ukraine
  • South Korea
  • Haiti
  • Bulgaria
  • African countries

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