Medical and Counseling Resources for AdoptionThe 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:

Here is information regarding a comprehensive evaluation of an adopted child once home:

Individual State Resources



The University of Alabama International Adoption Clinic
Jennifer Nobles Chambers, MD, MPH & TM (clinic Director)

Sojourn Counseling
Beau Armistead
He has experience working with adopted children and attachment disorders and also has an adopted child himself.

Pathways Professional Counseling


Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Neuroscience Center
Dr. Lavoie is highly recommended
(602) 546-0990

The Melmed Center in Scottsdale
5020 East Shea Blvd, Suite 100
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 443-0050

Dr. Boris Gindis’ “Leaps and Bounds” Clinic
1760 E Pecos Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85296
480 980-5704

Mariann Arcari Rubin, LCSW
Mother to a son adopted from Russia
480 380-6248

Jennifer Rosenfeld, LMSW
Attachment and Trauma Specialist
(480) 459-8495


Treatment Homes, Inc.
Little Rock, AK
Three therapists trained by The Institute for Attachment & Child Development.


International Adoption Clinic, Children’s Hospital & Research Center at Oakland
Nancy Curtis MD
Carina Grandison Ph.D.
Oakland, California
www.internationaladoptionclinic.orgMiller Children’s Hospital Stramski Developmental Center International Adoption Program
Gary Feldman, MD
Long Beach, California
This organization provides one of the best evaluations for children with possible Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.


The Institute For Attachment & Child Development
P.O. Box 730, Kittredge, CO 80457
(303) 674-1910

North Colorado Family Medicine
Jeffrey S. Cook, MD
1600 23rd Ave., Greeley, CO 80634
(970) 356-2424

Living Vine Counseling, LLC (Adoption Related Counseling)
Northern CO

Liberate Living, LLC (Child Therapy and Counseling)
Michele M. Yarberry, MA, NCC
150 East 29th St., Suite 200A, Loveland, CO 80538
(970) 619-8332

Pass Center
Denver, CO
Eli Harwood
Specializes in adoption related therapy

Attachment Center of the Rockies
Deb Felio
Specializes in adoption related therapy


Yale University International Adoption Clinic


Center for Child and Hyman Development
Department of Pediatrics, Georgetown University School of Medicine

International Adoptions Health Resource Center


Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando
International Adoption Clinic

Attachment Services of Central Florida
Teresa Guerard
Specializes in attachment disorders

Connecting Well Counseling


Emory University Department of Pediatrics
International Adoption Research
Dr. Pakula, Director of the International Adoption Center

The Jones Family Clinic
Provides free family support for struggling children and free community education on adoption issues: Emotional, Spiritual, and Physical.


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
Chicago, IL
Todd Ochs, M.D.
This site also lists great resources for adoptive parents within the state of Illinois


International Adoption Clinic
Riley Hospital for Children, University of Indiana

Julie Keck, M.D.
Carmel, IN

Pediatric International Adoption Clinic
St Vincent Pediatric Rehabilitation Center

Christopher Belcher MD, FAAP
Fernando Escobar MD

Center for Family Connection
Patty Jewell
Specializes in post adoption therapy


University of Kentucky International Adoption Clinic
Shawn M Taylor M.D.

Jeff Rose MBA LCSW
Individual and family therapy

Bundy & Associates LLC
Assessment, therapy, consultation, specialization in autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, learning disability counseling

Kerrington’s Heart
A resource for families who have children with heart defects


Maine Medical Center
Portland, Maine


International Adoption Clinic
(Kennedy Krieger Institute & Johns Hopkins Children’s Center)
Baltimore, Maryland

Chesapeake Helps
Community Counselors, also provides general information for community members to access a broad array of family and child focused resources, services, programs, and organizations


International Adoption Clinic and Floating Hospital for Children
Boston, MA 02111

Children’s Hospital Boston Adoption Program
Lisa Albers, MD, MPH
Boston, Massachusetts
Phone: 617-355-4125


St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
Dr. Jerry Jenista
551 Second St
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Phone: 734-668-0419
Fax: 734-668-9492

Sharon Myers

1707 E 12 Mile Road
Roseville, MI 48066,
586 445-8910,
This Christian psychiatrist provides general medical assessment as well as counseling services. She came highly recommended from a family of a 13-year-old adoptee.


International Adoption Clinic
University of Minnesota
Dana Johnson, M.D., Ph.D.
Minneapolis, MN


SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center
FACES (Foreign Adoption Clinic and Educational Services)

Children’s Hospital of St Louis
Washington University Physicians

Karis House
Rachel Hodges, Director of Karis Kids, Counseling
TBRI Counseling


International Adoption Medical Consultants
Edward Kolb MD
Omaha, NE


Valley Health Center for Child Development and Wellness
Lisa Nalven, M.D
Ridgewood, NJ 07450


The ICD Child Center for Growth and Development
New York, NY 10010

International Pediatric Health Services (PLLC)
Dr. Jane Aronson
International Pediatric Health Services, PLLC

Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York
Andrew Adesman, MD
Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
1983 Marcus Ave, Suite 130
Lake Success, NY 11042
Phone: 516-802-6150
Fax: 516-616-5801

Jennifer Cain, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist, NYS
Phone: 917-577-4981
Fax: 855-249-8145
Specializes in children


Beatitude House

Waynesville, NC
This is a Christian resource for those struggling with behavioral and attachment issues. The counselors provide counseling sessions for those living within a driving distance and two-week intensive counseling sessions with the child and parents. They are open to talking to families who are struggling, so feel free to call them.

Bob Hanna, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
775 Haywood Road, Suite E
West Asheville, NC 28806
806-209-3389 (Fax)

Natalie Sadler M.D.
200 North Greensboro St. Suite C7A
Carrboro, NC 27519


Adoption Health Service
Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital

Anna M. Mandalakas, MD
Cleveland, OH

The International Adoption Center
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital
Cleveland, OH

Akron Children’s Hospital
Oak Adoptive Health Center

Akron, OH

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.


Oregon Health & Sciences University
Portland, OR


Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
International Adoption Health Program


Adoptions International
Dr. Boris Skurkovich
Providence, Rhode Island

Hasbro Children’s Hospital
International Adoption Clinic

Providence, Rhode Island

Anait Azarian

Providence, RI
(She speaks Russian)


MUSC International Adoption Clinic at MUSC Children’s Hospital
Charleston, SC

Stephanie Abdalla
One Harbison Way, Suite 109
Columbia, SC 29212
(803) 749-6620

Dr. Katherine St. Germain-Smith
Bright Beginnings
Daniel Island Dr.
Charleston, SC
Phone: 843-388-8829

Linda Hutton – Bay Laurel Group
110 Manly Street
Greenville, SC 29601-3025
(864) 298-8026

RaeJean Lipscomb
Living Stones Family Services
269 S. Church St., Suite 210
Spartanburg, SC 29306
(864) 205-6039

Tony Perdomo
Straight Talk Counseling Center
215 West Poinsett Street, Suite A
Greer, SC 29650
(864) 380-2338

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
(864) 454-5115

Cynthia Still– Clemson Behavioral Health
398 College Avenue
Clemson, SC, 29631


Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Clinic for International Adoption
Nashville, TN


Texas Children’s Hospital
Houston, Texas

Children’s Medical Center
Dallas, TX

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
Phone: 409-691-3300

Tammy Pon, M.D.
2301 Ohio Drive, Suite 110
Plano, TX 75093


Inova Fairfax Hospital Center
International Adoption Center

University of Virginia International Adoption Clinic
Children’s Medical Center
International Adoption Clinic

Department of Pediatrics
Charlottesville, VA


Dr. Ronald Federici
McLean, VA
Clifton, VA


The Center for Adoption Medicine
University of Washington Pediatric Care Center
FAS Center

Seattle, WA
Drs. Blesdoe and Davis also specialize in evaluating FAS


Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
International Adoption Clinic
Milwaukee, WI


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.

Shriners Hospitals
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


Christian Access to Neuro-Developmental Organization (CAN-DO) provides resources for children with developmental and neurological problems such as sensory integration issues.

Therapists for Attachment 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.


United Health Care provides grants for families who need help with the medical care of their children.


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:

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


These programs are provided at minimum to no cost to families regardless of income. Your insurance may first be used to cover expenses.

To learn more about early intervention programs go to or use their interactive map to locate services in your state.

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.

KY Special Parent Involvement Network (KY SPIN)
10301-B Deering Road
Louisville, KY 40272

SC Babynet
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.

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 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
864- 331-1450