Why It’s Important to Have the Medical History for Your Adopted Child

When you have a child naturally, his medical history will match that of you and your partner, so you don’t really have to worry too much about unforeseen genetic conditions popping up. But when you elect to adopt a child you’re entering into an entirely different situation. Even if the adoption is open, which many are not, the parent or parents involved may not be terribly forthcoming on the subject, especially if there are serious medical concerns on the table. Nobody putting a child up for adoption wants to make the process more difficult, and they may be wary that certain aspects of their medical background will scare away potential adoptive parents. But then there are closed adoptions, or those where the child is forcefully removed from the home and put into the system for foster care or adoption. In these cases it may be extremely hard to gather a medical history. But there are several reasons why it’s important to do so, for the sake of your child and yourself.

For one thing, you don’t want any unnecessary surprises on the medical front. If your adopted child is likely to suffer from MS, heart disease, Parkinson’s, or other genetic disorders you need to know early on so that you can take every possible precaution to prevent or delay the onset of symptoms. But you also need to be prepared, emotionally and perhaps even physically, to deal with the challenges that the onset of an inevitable disorder will bring to your life and that of your child. When you know about the possibility of such conditions you will be far more prepared to deal with them, in terms of preventive actions, spotting signs and symptoms, and providing support. Even aside from such weighing concerns, consider that you’ll definitely need to know about everyday things like allergies that could affect your child.

In addition, however, there will almost certainly come a time when your child becomes curious about his past, including where he came from and what health issues he may face throughout his life. And it will certainly become important when he is grown and wants to have kids of his own. He’ll definitely want to know if he has any markers for certain genetic disorders that could be passed along to his future children, and he’ll probably want to cross-check them with his partner. For this and many other reasons it is extremely important to do your digging now, when all of your child’s relatives are available to provide the medical history you seek.

Whether you go through a fostering company based in Kent, use an adoption agency, or opt for a private adoption, now is the time to gather any medical history you can for your child. Later on it may be much more difficult to locate living biological relatives that can help, and if you wait until your child is grown, it could open a whole can of worms that neither he nor his long-lost family are prepared to face. So do what you can during or immediately following the adoption process to gather a medical history for your adopted child. It could save everyone involved a lot of unnecessary trouble and heartache in the long run.

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