International Adoption Medicine: Referral Directory

Physician Contacts

Carla Garcia , M.D.

Hospital Contacts:

Elizabeth Reina

Key Contacts

Crista E. Wetherington , Ph.D.

Description of Services

Pre-Adoption Services

  • Comprehensive evaluation of the child’s medical record before adoption begins including notable aspects of the child’s birth, medical history, growth pattern and reported physical examination.
  • Suggestions for diet and nutrition while traveling and initially home.
  • Prescription medications for travel.
  • Support for families while traveling abroad.

Post-Adoption Services

  • Extensive physical examination of the child 1 to 2 weeks after arriving.
  • Developmental screening by a child psychologist if warranted.
  • Comprehensive lab screening.
  • Referrals for vision and hearing screenings and other services, as needed.

Information for referral sources:

  • Self-referral or healthcare professional referral accepted.
  • Services are provided in close cooperation with the patient’s referring physician.
  • Follow-up evaluation and recommended treatment information is provided promptly to the referring physician.

Please provide the following when calling to schedule a patient for an evaluation:

  • Patient name and date of birth
  • For post-adoption screenings, provide insurance/referral information

Why Children's Medical Center

  • Our services include medical evaluations before adoption, initial health screens and follow-up care for children with special physical, developmental and social-emotional needs.
  • The International Adoption Medicine program at Children’s is one of only a few dozen centers in the United States that provides care for internationally adopted children and their families.
  • As part of a comprehensive academic medical center, the program offers access to highly qualified specialists in the field who understand the unique medical and social conditions of children from other countries.

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