3 Things To Consider Before Adopting A Medically Fragile Child

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Adoption of a medically fragile child comes with a lot of excitement, but also a lot of uncertainty. If you are considering bringing a medically fragile child into your home – and your heart – there are three major things you should consider when deciding what needs you can handle.

Access to Medical Care

Where you live will play a huge role when it comes to determining your access to medical care. For medically fragile children, frequent medical and therapy appointments are common.

Is the medical care in your area varied enough for your potential child's needs? How close are you to a major medical center, and are there are doctors who specialize in your child's conditions? The answers to these questions can help you to determine which medical needs you can meet, and which ones may be too much for you to handle in your current area.

Health Insurance Coverage

Your child may qualify for Medicaid, but there may be certain situations in which their Medicaid coverage just isn't enough to cover their needs.

What insurance coverage do you currently hold, and will your child be covered under it upon their adoption? It's also important to consider how medical services will be paid for if the specialist your child needs to see doesn't accept your insurance plan. Will you be able to find an accommodating plan, or can you pay out of pocket? Working with charities in your area, and with the help of your adoption agent, your child may be able to qualify for a number of grants upon their adoption. Having such things figured out and lined up prior to adoption can make transition smoother, and ensures continued care throughout the process.   

Availability and Flexibility

If your child will need extensive care and require multiple medical appointments throughout the week, will you have the availability and flexibility to meet these needs?

The level of availability required will depend on your child's special needs, but also the extent to which they're affected. Each child is different. One child with cystic fibrosis, for example, may need more frequent hospitalization and monitoring than another with the same condition. Your child may not be able to attend school if they're immunocompromised or if frequent hospitalization occurs. In situations such as these, it's important to have a schedule with lots of flexibility so you can meet their needs without feeling spread thin.

Whether you're just starting your adoption journey or you've already been walking this road for a while, it's important to continually evaluate the needs you can meet. If you feel that adopting a medically fragile child is in your future, it's important to consider the three things mentioned above pertaining to their care. For more information, talk with your adoption agent and other parents who've walked this road previously. You can also try here to learn more.


13 June 2015

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Hi! My name is Claire Lewis. My husband and I have three beautiful children, two of which are adopted. We always talked about having four kids; adoption became the avenue through which we were able to make it happen. Actually, almost happen because we've decided to stop at three. We signed up with the adoption agency, completed all forms and evaluations, and waited a year and a half for our daughter. During that time, we received a few notices about emergency placement needs. These were babies that came from situations that would likely make them special needs children. We turned those down the first time, but when it came to adopting the second time we didn't. Our youngest son is a special needs child whom we love and adore. I hope you’ll find some value in learning about different relationships.