What are the special needs common to international adoption? What special needs do we see from specific countries? In this course, we interview Dr. Kimara Gustafson, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and a pediatrician at their Adoption Medicine Clinic. She also has a Masters in Public Health.

This course covers the following topics:

International adoption has become overwhelmingly a special needs adoption program from all countries.

Most common special needs. What are they, how involved is the post-adoption care?

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Heart issues
  • Craniofacial
  • Cleft lip/palate
  • Developmental Special Needs
    1. Autism
    2. Down Syndrome
  • Developmental Delays
  • Hepatitis B and C
  • HIV
  • Orthopedic special needs
    1. Clubfoot
    2. Limb or digit deficiencies
  • Albinism
  • Hearing loss
  • Vision Loss
  • Urogenital
  • Ambiguous genitalia
  • Imperforate anus
  • Emotional/Trauma
  • Older kids
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Prenatal Exposure

What type of special needs do you see from the major placing countries?

  • China
  • India
  • Colombia
  • Ukraine
  • South Korea
  • Haiti
  • Bulgaria
  • African countries


*This course includes a 1-hour conversational audio lesson, a 10-question quiz, and a certificate of completion with the successful completion of the quiz at 80%. 

Your course will remain active for 180 days from purchase date.

This course aligns with the following regulatory requirements.

Hague Treaty on Intercountry Adoption*

 96.38 (b)(7)

 96.48 (b)(1)

 96.48 (c)

*Important Information for agencies on Hague Training Requirements 

Virginia Compliance



*Important Information for agencies on Virginia core competencies.

Illinois Licensing Standard §401.520

*Important Information for agencies on Illinois Adoption Requirements.

Nebraska Licensing Requirement 005.16(D)(i)(11) & 005.16(D)(iii)(2)

*Important Information for agencies on Nebraska Adoption Requirements.