Friday, June 22, 2007

Iowa Clinic Helps IA Parents

Aiding those adopting kids from abroad
When Shannon Sullivan adopted daughter Julia from China, she had trouble finding a local physician with the "interest and expertise" to deal with a baby who came from a foreign country. Julia, now 12, had spent her infancy in an orphanage.

Sullivan, a clinical assistant professor in the UI Children's Hospital pediatrics department, found herself lost in the process of foreign adoption - especially when it came to health issues.

"I started reading about it myself, and finally found a physician who was willing to stumble around with me," she said.

But her initial struggle led her to eventually form a multidisciplinary and multiservice clinic for parents who also choose to adopt from another country.


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