For Travelers

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Preparing for your referral trip abroad

Adoption Medicine Clinic (AMC) physician staff are available to consult with you while you're abroad to meet or visit your referred child:

  1. Create an account in our online submission system. (We are happy to look at preliminary info that you might receive before you travel, as well as to work with you when you’re there.)
  2. Review the preparation info on this page.
  3. Plan to bring the required communication technology (e.g., laptop, digital camera, digital video recorder) with you - and make sure to practice first!
  4. While traveling, gather medical history and information, photographs and video clips, then upload them to the submission system. You may email if the online system doesn't work while you're abroad. We will respond within 24 hours. 


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The Traveler Preparation & Planning Packet includes information on how to make the most of your trip abroad to meet your referred child. We have include resources for information gathering, developmental milestones, and how to take photos and video that will be useful to the adoption medicine physician in making an initial health assessment. Included:

  1. How to take a good photo
  2. How to measure head circumference
  3. How to gather the child's health history
  4. Understanding the medical information in your referral
  5. Development information

We recommend you also bring copies of the growth charts that correspond to your child's age and weight.

How to Measure Head Circumference

How to Measure Head Circumference

When you meet your referred child, we'll ask you to gather medical information but also to obtain a measurement of her or his head. This video shows how to take an accurate head measurement and talks a bit more about why this step is an important part of the preadoption medical review. 

Adoption-specific Paperwork

Denver Prescreening Developmental Questionnaire.These forms are an additional tool that is useful in gathering medical information on your prospective child. The questionnaire is not available for download; however, you may request a complementary hard copy from us. Please indicate the child's age: 0-9 mo, 9-24 mo, 2-4 yr, 4-6 yr and include your mailing address. Request a questionnaire by emailing

Waiver letters. If you used our preadoption medical review service, we also can provide you with a letter to attempt to have the child's country of origin waive the waiting period sometimes required prior to adoption. We will need your home address, full official name of the child as she/he is known to the orphanage, and official date of birth. We will send you two original copies of the letter, signed by one of our physicians and notarized by a notary public commissioned by the State of Minnesota. Request a letter by emailing

Physician license. Some regions in Russia may ask for a copy of your physician's medical license (the one who certifies the parents' physical health). If you are in need of a copy of the medical license but your physician feels uncomfortable providing you with one, you can alternatively contact your state's board of medical practice and ask them for a certified copy of the physician's credentials.

Travel Health

Prescription medicines. We are not currently able to write prescriptions for you in preparation for travel, or for your child when you go abroad to get her/him. You might consult with your primary care provider to see if they can do this for you, or visit a travel clinic.

Pre-travel vaccinations. We recommend you consult the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) website for country-specific travel information and recommended pre-travel vaccinations. In fact, a visit to travel clinic is always recommended when you leave the U.S. Don't forget to purchase travel health and security insurance, as well!

Immunizations and Internationally Adopted Children