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Adoption and Family Paediatrics

The Adoption Unit deals with families who wish to adopt or have adopted a child through national or international adoption.

This unit has a multidisciplinary team that assesses and follows the children medically and emotionally, assessing and accompanying the parents throughout the entire adoption process and bringing up of their child, helping them to deal with situations and experiences that may arise. Emotional coaching for adoptive mothers/fathers.

Pre-adoption consultation

  • Assessment and interpretation of the medical and social information about the assigned child and paediatric assessment.
  • Personalised childcare advice (diet, sleep, routines) and upbringing, aimed at facilitating the first meeting and initial adaptation.
  • Preparing the trip for international adoption: preliminary preventative measures, first-aid kit and basic garments.

Online support: We provide the opportunity to carry out all or part of the pre-adoptive assessment remotely, and online paediatric consultations and emotional assessment during trips to the countries of origin.

Paediatric and initial neurodevelopment assessment

This appointment is very important, particularly in the case of children adopted internationally, as one out of 10 children may have problems with their physical or emotional health that are not recognised before the adoption.

  • Initial paediatric assessment.
  • Early diagnosis and treatment of pathologies that are detected, referral to specialists if required and preparing a coordinated follow-up plan.
  • Childcare, upbringing and schooling advice.
  • Emotional coaching for parents.

Post-adoptive consultation

  • Paediatric and/or neurodevelopmental follow-up. Diagnosis and treatment of problems with physical or emotional health that may appear.
  • Specific assessment in upbringing and childcare: sleep, eating, temper tantrums, routines and emotional education.
  • Assessment and accompanying children with excessive impulsiveness, lack of attention, hyperactivity, low tolerance to frustration, immature bowel control, among others, and diagnosis and treatment when they are really pathological and not just attributable to the adaptation itself and the distress.
  • Assessment and valuation regarding difficulties related to learning and/or schooling.

Associated teams

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