How can adoptive parents evaluate the common health risk factors and know whether to accept an adoption match? In this course, we interview Dr. Dana Johnson, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota where he co-founded the Adoption Medicine Program in 1986. Over the course of his career, he has reviewed the medical records of over 20,000 children and counseled potential adoptive parents on the likely medical needs of these adoptees. 

This course covers the following topics:

  • Prenatal exposure: How much and when in the pregnancy? What does the impact look like in an infant, pre-schooler, school-aged child, and older?
    • Alcohol
    • Opioids
    • Methadone
    • Suboxone
    • Methamphetamines
    • Cocaine
    • Marijuana
    • Cigarettes
    • Vaping
    • Anti-depressants medications
  • How heritable are certain things such as:
    • Depression
    • Bi-polar
    • Schizophrenia
    • Personality disorders
    • ADHD
    • Intelligence or academic success
  • Attachment issues
    • Newborns
    • Toddlers/preschoolers
    • Older children
  • Impacts of neglect
  • Impact of institutionalization
  • Impacts of abuse
  • Impact of sexual abuse
  • Impact of lack of prenatal care
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Herpes
  • HIV
  • Syphilis
  • Risk when birth mother has tuberculosis
  • How useful are APGAR scores for determining a child’s future health?
  • How to assess the risk of prematurity.
  • Tips for evaluating risk factors in adoption.

*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*

 96.48 (b)(2)

96.48 (b)(4)

 96.48 (b)(5)

*Important Information for agencies on Hague Training Requirements.

Virginia Compliance




*Important Information for agencies on Virginia core competencies.