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From evaluating the medical details in an adoption referral to adoption travel to post-adoption checkups, doctors who specialize in the field of adoption medicine offer expert guidance to help parents ensure that their children receive needed medical care and grow up in good health.
Adapted from an article by Deborah Borchers, M.D.
Make sure your infant or toddler is getting the care he needs.
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