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Adoption Program

The Adoption Program at Cleveland Clinic Children's offers comprehensive pediatric care for children adopted here in the United States and abroad.

Our program, based in our Department of General Pediatrics, offers a wide range of specialized services, including:

  • Pre-adoption and post-adoption evaluations
  • Ongoing primary care
  • Multidisciplinary team evaluations of physical, developmental, behavioral and educational needs
  • Assistance with school-related academic and behavioral issues
  • Referrals to medical subspecialists when needed

Whether you live in Northeast Ohio or elsewhere, our team stands ready to help you with evaluations and consultations.

Ongoing Primary Care

Dr. Elaine Schulte is available to provide ongoing primary carefor your child, including:

  • Well-child and urgent care
  • Urgent calls to medical staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Most insurance companies cover post-adoption evaluation and primary care. Check with your insurer.

Multidisciplinary Team Evaluation

If needed, your child may be evaluated by a multidisciplinary adoption team led by Dr. Schulte. The team includes:

  • Behavioral medicine expert
  • Developmental pediatrician
  • Educational consultant
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Speech pathologist

Our adoption team will provide ongoing evaluation of your child's development. We will be available as your child matures throughout school to ensure that any special learning needs are fully supported.

Referrals to Pediatric Medical Specialists

  • Cleveland Clinic’s Children’s offers care in all pediatric medical subspecialties. Dr. Schulte is part of the Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic that supports children with these very common birth defects.
  • When adopted patients have major medical needs, our team refers children for additional assessments and care by specialists in Pediatric Infectious Disease, Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatric Cardiology and other fields.

MyConsult Pre-Adoption Consultations

We believe that a pre-adoption consultation is the best way to prepare parents for the unique challenges and joys of adoption.  This is true for both domestic and international adoptions. In international adoptions, transitioning a child from orphanage or foster care in another country requires added sensitivity, insight and preparation.

Our Full Pre-Adoption Consultations include:

  • Immediate review of your child's medical records, photos and videotapes
  • Interpretation of medical terminology
  • Assessing growth
  • Outlining developmental and behavioral expectations
  • A plan to address medical, developmental, feeding, sleeping and other issues beforehand, especially if travel is required
  • Phone consultation and support during the adoption process, even during trips abroad
  • Information about adoption resources

Pre-adoption consultations begin with an online request to Cleveland Clinic MyConsult.  MyConsult allows you to contact Dr. Schulte from the comfort and privacy of your home, and streamlines the evaluation of your child's health records, photos and videotapes.

Other MyConsult Pre-Adoption Services

Besides comprehensive pre-adoption consultations, services available through Cleveland Clinic MyConsult include:

  • General adoption phone inquiries
  • Basic, one-time medical record reviews

For a list of Cleveland Clinic MyConsult adoption consultation services and fees, please e-mail, visit MyConsult Adoption, or call 216.444.3223 or 800.223.2273, ext. 43223.

Post-Adoption Evaluations

Dr. Elaine Schulte, Director of the International Adoption Program, will examine and evaluate your child within seven to 10 days of your arrival home. She will conduct the screening recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and provide all needed immunizations.

Post-adoption services include:

  • A thorough physical examination, and a history review (to the extent available)
  • Review of any new medical information
  • Review of immunization status
  • Assessment of infectious disease risks
  • Assessment of developmental status
  • Diagnostic tests or referrals to specialists, if needed

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