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Online Cleveland Clinic Service Fosters Healthy Adoptions

Finally, after years of longing and wishing and hoping, Nancy and Scott Morley were close to fulfilling their dream. An adoption agency had found a child for them. At last they would have a son or daughter of their own - a precious little one to cherish. Soon they would experience the joys of being a real family.

Then the reality of the adoption process sunk in, and the couple's wishful feelings were overtaken with anxiety and concern. Would the child they were adopting from a foreign country be healthy? What if their new little loved one had a serious health problem, such as a heart condition that would make their dream short-lived?read more..

Cleveland Couple Sends Optimistic Message to Potential Adoptive Parents

"Return to sender."

These instructions can be effective when written on packages sent through the mail. But when they appear on a child, it is an entirely different story, as underscored by the recent highly publicized case of a Tennessee woman who tried to return her adopted son to Russia several months ago. The incident set off an uproar, with Russia indefinitely suspending adoptions from the United States.

No matter what your opinion is of the Russian "adoption-gone-wrong," there is no denying that adoptions can be challenging, if not downright difficult. Any new child - whether through birth or adoption - poses unanswered questions. Will they be sweet and obedient or will they be disturbed and unruly? Will he or she be physically healthy or suffer from a heart condition or some terrible disease?read more..

Adopting Overseas? Get Expert Help.

Imagine you're in a foreign country with hopes of adopting a much-yearned-for child. You just met the little boy, and he is adorable. But there is a hitch. He may have some sort of medical issue. Although the orphanage has provided you with medical records, the paperwork is difficult to read - since it is only loosely translated into handwritten English and the medical terminology is daunting.

You have 48 hours to make a decision. What do you do?

Cleveland Clinic has the answer. Its MyConsult Pre-Adoption Consultation program offers expert medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So if you are in China or Russia or even Timbuktu, you can receive top-notch medical advice, along with emotional support, from an expert physician at the world-renowned Cleveland more..

Ed and Pam Godlewsky Seek a MyConsult Online Pre-Adoption Consultation While Considering the Medical Needs of a Child in China

In the ten years that they've been married, Ed and Pam Godlewsky have faced their share of obstacles. After trying for several years, they learned through their doctor that the probability of having a child naturally was quite low, while the cost of fertility treatments would be quite high. So they decided to look into adoption. After extensive research, they elected to pursue adopting a child from China and were placed on a waiting list for several years. Following two unsuccessful attempts to adopt a Chinese child, the Godlewskys learned about Mason, a Chinese boy who required corrective surgery following his birth. While determining if Mason was the right fit for their family, the Godlewskys reached out to Cleveland Clinic's MyConsult Pre-Adoption Consultation program to seek some expert more..