The American Academy of Pediatrics provides a state-by-state directory of health care providers serving adopted children. The list includes physicians in private practice as well as those who provide services for domestically adopted children.
You can view the latest rankings of children's hospitals by US News & World Report here.
Below is a link to an article on the importance of establishing a good relationship with your child's doctor. If you do not have a medical center that specializes in international adoptee care, often a well-trained family doctor can provide this care: http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2012/01/09/prsb0109.htm
Here is information regarding a comprehensive evaluation of an adopted child once home: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/129/1/e214.full
Phoenix Children's Hospital's Neuroscience Center
Dr. Lavoie is highly recommended
The Melmed Center in Scottsdale
5020 East Shea Blvd, Suite 100
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Dr. Boris Gindis' "Leaps and Bounds" Clinic
1760 E Pecos Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85296
Jennifer Rosenfeld, LMSW
Attachment and Trauma Specialist
Specializes in adoption related therapy
Attachment Center of the Rockies
Specializes in adoption related therapy
University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital International Adoption Clinic
International Adoption Clinic
Children's Research Triangle
Ira Chasnoff, M.D.
Dr. Chasnoff has specialized in prenatal drug and alcohol exposure.
Children's Memorial Hospital
Todd Ochs, M.D.
This site also lists great resources for adoptive parents within the state of Illinois
Columbus Children's Hospital
Ohio State University
Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio
Greg Keck, PhD
This clinic is for families struggling with attachment and behavioral issues with their internationally adopted children.
Living Stones Family Services
269 S. Church St., Suite 210
Spartanburg, SC 29306
Straight Talk Counseling Center
215 West Poinsett Street, Suite A
Greer, SC 29650
Donetta Palmyra "Pal" Powell, LISW-CP- Comprehensive Behavioral Care
1620 B Lady, Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 586-1499 Fax: (803) 451-7604
Joel Shulkin MD- Developmental/Behavioral
29 N Academy St, Greenville, SC 29601
200 Patewood Dr, #A200
Greenville, SC 29615
Cynthia Still- Clemson Behavioral Health
398 College Avenue
Clemson, SC, 29631
Texas Children's Hospital
Children's Medical Center
Texas Christian University
TCU Institute of Child Development
Karyn Purvis, PhD
Programs for struggling children adopted internationally
Jon A. Bergeron, Ph.D
1600 University Dr E
College Station, TX 77840
Tammy Pon, M.D.
2301 Ohio Drive, Suite 110
Plano, TX 75093
Some counseling services above can be accessed regardless of where you live, as they provide on-site services for extended period of time or they may provide phone-counseling services. Listed here are other resources that have services throughout the US.
Various Shriners Hospitals offer services to children in one or more area: burn care, orthopedics, spinal cord injury, and cleft-lip/palate repair. The Shriners Hospitals offer care at no cost to the family, but families must first apply with their insurance company to pay for services. To find a Shriners Hospital near you go to Shriners.com.
Christian Access to Neuro-Developmental Organization (CAN-DO) provides resources for children with developmental and neurological problems such as sensory integration issues.
Not only is adopting expensive, but the care of a child can also be expensive. Listed are some resources that can help reduce the expenses of caring for a child—especially a child with special needs.
TEFRA provides financial resources through Medicaid to pay for medical and therapeutic interventions and prescriptions for qualified children. This is secondary insurance, and, in some cases, will cover portions that the employer insurance will not. Eligibility is based on your child's income—not yours. However, your child cannot have funds in a savings account; otherwise, based on the amount in the saving account, your child will not be eligible. If your child does have funds in an account in his name, it can take a few years before your child becomes eligible.
To find resources in your state go to: www.hdwg.org/catalyst/resources#general
One Family's TEFRA Experience: An adoptive mother from South Carolina obtained TEFRA but it took her from January to July 2010; fortunately, the benefits were retroactive to November 2009. This mother also added that after you are approved, you must select an insurance plan through TEFRA. What the family was not told is that they could ask for the original Medicaid plan. The original Medicaid plan was the only one that was accepted by the service and health care providers from whom the child was already receiving services.
This mother noted that when signing up for insurance through TEFRA, those affiliated with the other insurance programs through the TEFRA program tried to discourage this family from sticking with the original Medicaid plan by offering them gift cards and personal care items. Of course there is no value in selecting a plan that will not cover your child's treatment. Furthermore, do not automatically accept one of the plans listed through the TEFRA call-in number that reportedly indicates that your child's physician or other health care providers will accept this plan. Check with your child's health care providers directly to see which plans they accept. This family found that there was a huge discrepancy in what plan the child's physician and other service providers would accept and what the TEFRA list indicated.
A good contact resource for SC residents to learn about these benefits is Family Connections. The website states that if you would like to talk to another parent whose child has TEFRA contact Family Connection at 1-800-578-875. You can visit the website at www.familyconnectionsc.org/
These programs are provided at minimum to no cost to families regardless of income. Your insurance may first be used to cover expenses.
CO Early Intervention Programs
The Early Intervention Services booklet is an easy-to-read guide on the services your child who is under 36 months old can receive. If your child is more than 36 months old, there are other services also available. www.eicolorado.org
KY Special Parent Involvement Network (KY SPIN)
10301-B Deering Road
Louisville, KY 40272
This program is for children birth through 36 months of age who may have developmental delays or other issues such as sensory integration problems Children can receive in-home ser ices including occupational, physical and speech therapy. If you believe that your child may need early you can have your child evaluated at no cost to you. www.scfirststeps.org/BabyNet.html
SC First Steps to School Readiness
This program is coordinated with BabyNet but is for children 36 months old and older who need extra services due to developmental delays and other issues. To contact your regional office, go to http://scfirststeps.org/ and click on the map to find the location and number.
SC State BabyNet Program
1300 Sumter St, Suite 100
Columbia, SC 29201
803-734-0479 803-734-1431 (fax)
SC Greenville and Pickens Counties
Center for Developmental Services
29 N. Academy Street
Greenville, SC 29601