Travel Clinics of America is your best choice for receiving high-quality pre-travel care, sound travel advice, and peace of mind.
Traveling to Adopt
The number of international adoptions by U.S. citizens has more than doubled in the last decade. A majority of these adoptions originate in Asia, Eastern Europe, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Due to inadequate medical care in their birth country, these children may be infected with Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, tuberculosis, parasites, and other diseases. Adopting a child from a developing country carries increased health risks for your entire family. These can be minimized by following safety precautions.
Preparation for the adoption trip
- Consult with a Travel Clinics of America physician before you travel overseas to be united with your adoptive child.
- You will need to update your routine vaccinations and receive destination-specific travel vaccinations and medications before your trip.
- Consider the Hepatitis B vaccine for all members of your immediate family. Hepatitis B is transmitted through blood and other body fluids.
General and medical safety concerns
- Follow food and water consumption guidelines while abroad to avoid getting sick.
- Wash hands frequently, especially after changing diapers.
- If traveling to a malaria-endemic area, take malaria prophylaxis medication as prescribed by your travel medicine provider. Improve your chances of avoiding malaria by staying indoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. When outdoors, wear protective clothing pretreated with permethrin. Apply mosquito repellants containing DEET (30-50%) to exposed skin avoiding eyes, lips and open cuts. Wash off with soap and water when back indoors. Sleep under permethrin-treated mosquito net if needed.
- Bring extra medications to cover unexpected trip delays or extensions. Pack all medications and supplies in your carry-on luggage. Bring copies of your prescriptions.
Medical care abroad
- Know where to obtain emergency medical care abroad. One option is to join (for free) the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT) for a list of English-speaking doctors, clinics, and hospitals.
Evaluate your U.S. medical insurance. Make sure it covers medical care abroad and provides evacuation coverage. Buy supplemental medical insurance if needed.