Adoption can be one of the most exciting and rewarding times for a family—but it can also pose new and unexpected challenges, particularly when the child is from another country.
|Andrea Summer cuddles one of her young patients during the clinic hours for children adopted internationally, which the pediatrician established at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.|
Few people know about the range of potential problems new parents face with international adoption than Andrea Summer. The pediatrician and member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church
, Charleston, S.C., has provided her services during visits to Tanzania and Madagascar. And she has co-founded, with her colleague Angela LaRosa, the state’s first clinic to care for the physical and behavioral needs of children from international adoptions.
The clinic, which runs one half-day a week out of the Medical University of South Carolina
, opened its doors in spring 2004—and has seen a steady flow of patients since.
“I’ve had a long interest in international health and have done specialty work in tropical and travel medicine,” Summer said. “I realized that international adoption was becoming more popular and that there wasn’t a resource like this in our state.”
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