Parenthood--medical aspects of international adoption

Yehuda Senecky, Uri Rubinstein, Gary Diamond, Dov Inbar

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The unavailability of significant numbers of native-born children for adoption by local families has led to an upsurge in international adoptions throughout the Western world, including Israel. The sudden appearance here of large numbers of babies and young children from countries with a variety of indigenous infectious diseases has focused concern on the issue. It has also induced the Ministry of Health to issue guidelines to protect the well-being of the public at large, as well as to aid adoptive families in maintaining their own, as well as their newly adopted children's health. The great majority of community based primary caregivers are unfamiliar with the health issues surrounding internationally adopted children. These children merit special care and consideration. One possible solution, in addition to educational campaigns, and already implemented abroad, is the specialized training of physicians caring for large numbers of such children. [International Adoption, HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Tuberculosis, Syphilis].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-486, 496
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2002
Externally publishedYes


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