Parents hope to adopt a healthy child, or at least a child who has the potential for health and development, so the availability of the medical history of an adopted child is a serious concern for adopting parents.
When considering adoption, you must be aware of the medical risks involved. These risks arise as a result of genetics, the health and care of the mother during pregnancy, and the life experiences of the child before being adopted. Sometimes some of this information is available; often it is not.
Clients of Sunrise are provided with extensive information about medical risks as part of our Adoption Education Program. Adoption Medical Clinics will examine any medical information that is available and help you assess the risks involved.