Frequently Asked Questions

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What's the difference between a preadoption medical review and a preadoption consultation?

What's the difference between a preadoption medical review and a preadoption consultation?

The preadoption consultation is for families who have not yet received a referral, who are more toward the beginning stages of the international adoption process. Your agency may have given you a list of potential diagnoses and conditions to find out which ones you are equipped and willing to parent. This is the preadoption consultation. The medical review is for families who have received a referral already.

What does the preadoption consultation cost?

What does the preadoption consultation cost?

The preadoption consultation costs $250. Please pay here, then submit your scheduling request through the Adoption Medicine Clinic submission system. There is also a GROUP OPTION:

2 families ($150 per family)
3+ families ($125 per family)

Families participating in the group consultation option must be considering adoptions from the same country and from a similar age group. The group of families must designate one point person to communicate with the AMC administrative specialist in order to schedule.

How do I pay for a preadoption consultation?

How do I pay for a preadoption consultation?

The preadoption consultation costs $250. Please visit this page, then scroll to the bottom of the page and follow the instructions.

What does the preadoption medical review cost?

What does the preadoption medical review cost?

The Adoption Medicine Clinic has moved to fees instead of donations in exchange for services rendered. You can pay by credit card or electronic check. The fee schedule is:

  • 24-hr medical review ($650 weekdays, $750 weekends* and University of Minnesota holidays)
  • 72-hr medical review ($500 new client, $400 return clients who have used our services w/in the last 6 months)

* Please allow 24 or 72 hours during business days Mon-Fri only. Weekend responses are only done on request and weekend rates start 3pm Friday and end 11:59p Sunday. Holiday rates start 3pm the night before the holiday and end at 11:59p the day of the holiday. 

PLEASE NOTE: Once you have uploaded documents to your file, our Medical Reviewer begins to work on the review.  Thus, we cannot offer a refund once this review process has begun.

How do I upload files to the new submission system?

How do I upload files to the new submission system?

You can upload as many files as you have to the submission system, but you must work in batches of 5. Watch this 90-second screencast to see a demo:

What browser works best with the new submission system?

What browser works best with the new submission system?

The submission system works best with Firefox or Chrome on a PC or with Safari on a Mac.

I'm having trouble uploading my information. Can someone help me?

I'm having trouble uploading my information. Can someone help me?

Yes! Our friendly program assistant is available Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Central Time. Please email iac@umn.edu with your questions. We understand that our new submission system has caused some families to experience frustration; to help us serve you better, please also let us know if you find a glitch in the system.

What information is helpful for the preadoption medical review?

What information is helpful for the preadoption medical review?

1. Child's birth history, including:

  • height, weight and head circumference
  • gestational age
  • maternal history: infection, medications, alcohol/cigarette use, other pregnancies and outcome
  • type of delivery and complications, if any
  • post delivery complications, if any

2. Family (maternal and paternal) history of hereditary diseases

3. Social history: primarily the reason why the child is available for adoption

4. Physical exam including: current height, weight, and head circumference.

5. Lab screens: Complete blood count with differential, hepatitis B surface antigen, HIV 1 and 2 antibodies, screen for syphilis, hepatitis C antibody

6. Photos:

  • Face: looking into the camera, mouth in a neutral position
  • Any abnormal skin or limb or other findings on exam

7. Video. Most helpful if the footage is focused on the child and captures the child in motion.

8. Developmental milestones: gross and fine motor/social/language skills (see American Academy of Pediatrics Ages and Stages site for milestone info)

9. Medical history (e.g., any problems identified since birth such as congenital heart or kidney disease; developmental delay; etc.) 

If you don't have all of this information, please go ahead and send us what you do have--we will start looking at the existing information and help you put together a list of additional questions to ask your agency.

How to make the most of your preadoption medical review

How to make the most of your preadoption medical review

You have moved to a fee-for-service model; am I still able to make a donation to the AMC?

You have moved to a fee-for-service model; am I still able to make a donation to the AMC?

Yes! While the Adoption Medicine Clinic has moved to a fee-based model in exchange for preadoption medical consultations and reviews, you still have the option to make a one-time or recurring tax-deductible donation via the University of Minnesota Medical Foundation.

Transition to Fee-Based Servies

Transition To Fee-Based Services