Yesterday I took a half day off work to go see a local pediatrician who specializes in international adoption. My goals were to a) see if this would be a good pediatrician for our future child b) get a professional opinion about a special need we are considering and c) find out how the referral evaluation process works.
And I am so excited! I hit the jackpot with this doctor! It was sooooooo nice to sit in her office and NOT have to explain the process of intercountry adoption, because she already knew. In fact, she could speak to the conditions in orphanages in Ethiopia and the procedures for vaccinations in Ethiopia. She currently has 300 patients who are international adoptees, and her own sister adopted from China. She spent 45 minutes answering my questions, and gave me some questions about medical tests to pass on to Wide Horizons. I emailed our case worker as soon as I got home, and once we get the answers, we will be making our final decision about the changes to our homestudy.
I feel really lucky to have found this doctor.