The referral you've been waiting for
The mountain of paperwork, hours of meetings, stressful interviews and empty checking account fade from view as you finally receive your referral. You have a picture, a written description of your child that contains some medical information. There may be video clips. How do you evaluate the health status of a child from afar, particularly if they have spent their formative years in an institutional care setting? Before you start dealing with specific details in the referral documents, consider the following:
- You are entitled to information on the health of any child you are considering.
- Just because information is available doesn't mean it's correct.
- You are entitled to a reasonable amount of time to evaluate information on a specific child.
- You are entitled to knowledgable, unbiased medical advice.
- You know more than you think you do.
- If there is something in the materials you don't understand, we are here to help.
An informal, but informative, appointment with Dr. Judith K. Eckerle. She will discuss with you the potential long-term consequences of the diseases and diagnoses on your referral referral worksheet. This is a general adoption consultation to clarify the types of issues we see for the listed conditions, by country prior to receiving a child referral. If you have specific information on a child, you will need to do a preadoption medical referral which will follow with you through the process with that particular child. By phone, Skype, Google hang-out, or in our offices. Schedule through our secure online submission system.
The preadoption consultation costs $250 for a full hour session with Dr. Eckerle. To schedule: