Comprehensive Child Wellness Assessments

A Comprehensive Child Wellness Assessment is a clinical exam for children who are adopted or in kinship or foster care placements.

The assessment includes:
  •  Full Examination and Review: We’ll review the child’s paperwork and do a full evaluation including: head to toe physical exam, bloodwork to screen for any underlying medical problems including nutritional, infections and vaccine history. We will provide referrals to specialists, as needed.

  • Developmental screening: This will be with an occupational therapist and recommendations can be made for the school setting and for home to help the child get back on track, if needed. Occupational therapy can also assist with issues related to sensory processing, for example.

  • Mental Health Risk and Resource Assessment: This is done by a child psychologist with a focus on child caregiver attachment. This helps the child feel safer during the transition. On-going mental health resources/referrals will be given.

  • FASD Screening (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder): We will conduct the medical portion of the evaluation to screen children for signs of prenatal alcohol or other exposures.

Who should be seen for a Comprehensive Child Wellness Assessment?

All children who have experienced adoption and foster or kinship care:

  • Temporary or permanent
  • Immediately or years after transition
  • Apparently healthy
  • Worried about mood, development, behavior, or physical health
  • Prenatal substance or alcohol exposures
  • Child is small short, or overweight
  • At the time of out-of-home placements

To schedule a comprehensive child wellness assessment please call: 612-365-6777

For general questions please call: 612-624-1124 or email iac@umn.edu