Adoptions from China & SARS

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Adoptions from China & SARS
Sat, 04-12-2003 - 2:02pm

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The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that most people postpone non-essential travel to China, Hong Kong and other countries where SARS has hit hard......Every adoption ends with a two-week stay in China to pick up the child and to complete paperwork at the U.S. consulate in Guangzhou. Guangzhou is the capital of Guangdong province, where health officials believe SARS emerged last fall before spreading rapidly in February and March.>>

Do you believe these people(adoptive parents)should be permitted to come back from this region with a child? If so, should they be quarantined?

My nephew was adopted as an 8 month old from Vladivostok, Russia. Upon his arrival in the country, he was processed through the medical/educational system. They give ALL childhood vaccines AGAIN if no records are available. That accounts for monthly visits the first year or so of playing catch up. Many of the children are evaluated & placed in Early Intervention Programs with other children. In ALL of these instances, there is plenty of opportunity for mingling with many children.

Does this practice (foreign adoption from China) pose a health threat to the children in our country? And should international adoptions from countries with SARS epdiemics be put on hold?