Families in the United States who wish to adopt a child are increasingly seeking to adopt children from countries in Asia and the former Soviet Union. Children most readily available for adoption my have past or current health problems, including cleft lip and palate.
This is especially true in the Division of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery, which routinely provides care for children with cleft lip and palate who have been internationally adopted.
If you are adopting a child with cleft lip and cleft palate, we recommend consulting with our Division of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery during the adoption process, as it is never too early to begin planning your child's health care in preparation for arrival in the United States.
At some point during the adoption process a physical exam will be performed to determine the health status of the adoptive child. This may not be a comprehensive exam and thus, it will be important for the child to receive a thorough physical assessment by a pediatrician upon arrival in the Unite States. If possible, obtain records of the biological parents’ health history and child’s health history for review by the prospective health care team.
A pediatrician will be essential in assessing and managing infectious diseases, nutritional issues, developmental delays, as well as making a referral to the needed specialists. Children with cleft lip and palate require the attention of a Craniofacial Team.
Often, health organizations in the home country of the child will volunteer to provide initial operations or procedures as a first step. When possible, it is important to be thoroughly informed about what procedures will be performed prior to the completion of the adoption.
Division of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles routinely achieves superb outcomes for children with cleft lip and cleft palate, even in complex cases.
Our staff is familiar with the special needs of families adopting internationally. We are able to provide translators and intepreters in any language needed to place you and your child at ease during your visits.
If you are adopting a child with cleft lip and palate, we recommend consulting with our Division of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery during the adoption process as it is never too early to begin planning your child's health care upon coming home.