Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Monroe Carell Jr.
Children's Hospital
at Vanderbilt
2200 Children's Way
Nashville, TN 37232

(615) 936-1000

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Adoption Services



We offer a consultation with a physician, developmental psychologist and occupational therapist. Our physicians will review the child's medical records, photographs, growth charts, videos and any other information provided by the country of origin to better evaluate the child's health, prior to adoption. Recommendations on how to prepare for a multi-cultural family and post adoption preparations are also discussed. In addition, travel information specific to the country will be provided.

After your consultation, our clinic staff will also be available to answer questions that come up while you are in the foreign country. When traveling overseas for the first time or having no information on a child, we prefer to meet with you before your trip.

To schedule an appointment, call (615) 936-6800 or email

The Pre-Adoption Fee is $500 and includes:

  • travel information
  • communication with physician while traveling abroad
  • telephone consultations and/or face to face appointments with the team
  • Review of medical records and/or video review of one child (record review of additional children is $150 per child)

This fee is required for all families using the pre-adoption services of the clinic.

Pre-adoption services will be billed directly to the prospective parents as these services are generally not covered by insurance. Payment is expected regardless of the prospective parent's decision to proceed with an adoption.


Our clinic is available to see a newly adopted child two or three weeks after the family's return to the United States. Please contact us to schedule this appointment before you travel or as soon as you know your child's arrival date. Our staff will work closely with your primary care physician to develop a follow-up treatment plan and provide ongoing support and assistance for subspecialty care.

During the first three months after adoption, your child will have two visits in our clinic to see a team of providers who will focus on the medical and developmental issues seen commonly in internationally adopted children. The team includes a physician, developmental psychologist and an occupational therapist. During these appointments, we are able to obtain the laboratory blood-work recommended for children just arriving in the country. With these services, you and your child will be off to a good start. These services are also available for a child who was adopted in recent years. We see patients every Monday.

Post-Adoption service fees may be filed to the family's insurance three weeks after adoption and/or billed to parents. There is often delay for an insurance company to add a newly adopted child; therefore, parents may pay charges upfront then submit to insurance for reimbursement. We are happy to give guidance regarding understanding your insurance policy and potential out of pocket cost.

*The Vanderbilt International Adoption Clinic is not affiliated with any adoption agency. We do not recommend an agency or provide legal advice. Our service is independent, personal and confidential.

Last Edited: August 29, 2016
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