You've reached the website for the Center for Adoption Medicine at the University of Washington, our resource for medical and developmental issues in adoption and pediatrics.
Do peruse our links, favorite books, pediatric tips & tricks, Q&A archives, and over eighty topics in adoption and pediatrics, from our unique perspective as pediatricians who get to work with adoptive families from early referral jitters and excitement, through travels and travails, to homecomings and adjustment periods, and onwards though school into adulthood.
We also host the ADOPTMED e-mail listserv for health care professionals interested in the medical and developmental concerns of adopted children. We're happy to hear feedback about our site, or ideas for new resources.
Our center has three pediatricians that specialize in adoption medicine: Julia Bledsoe, MD, Julian Davies, MD, and Cynthia Kertesz, MD. We perform pre-adoption consultations by telephone for families adopting from abroad or domestically. We also provide post-placement evaluations and ongoing pediatric care at our Seattle clinic.
We do over 900 pre-adoptive consults per year for children from all countries, and have particular expertise in the diagnosis of FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome), as Drs. Bledsoe and Davies are the two faculty pediatricians at the University of Washington FAS Clinic, the longest standing FAS center in the US.
In addition to working at the FAS Clinic and counseling pre-adoptive families, we are also primary care pediatricians in the Seattle area and over half of our patients were adopted. We think we have the coolest pediatric jobs around.