International Adoption: Health Guidance and the Immigration Process

CDC’s International Adoption Goals

CDC’s international adoption goals are designed to address the needs of U.S. adoptive parents and children by promoting, monitoring, and improving the health of children adopted overseas. CDC’s international adoption goals are:

  • To ensure that adopted children receive proper medical screening overseas, so they can receive timely treatment and care
  • To provide information to parents so they can understand their children’s health conditions
  • To communicate with adoption organizations and physicians treating adopted children
  • To encourage safe and healthy travel for parents going overseas to adopt children
  • To respond to disease outbreaks in adopted children
  • To work with countries and partners to streamline the visa medical examination process while maintaining the quality of medical exams