We want you and your family to start off your lives together on the best possible foot.

Through St. Louis Children’s Hospital Adoption Services, you have access to specialists in a variety of areas often needed by children who are adopted domestically or internationally:

Therapy services: Our occupational and physical therapists can help you address sensory processing disorder (also referred to as sensory integration dysfunction).  Through play-based interventions, our therapists can give children the skills and language they need to understand their feelings.

Psychological therapy: Our pediatric psychologists can help evaluate your child for reactive attachment disorder (RAD) and help your family create a therapy plan for addressing it.

Cleft lip and palate: The Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Institute multidisciplinary team has treated more than 3,000 children with cleft lip and cleft palate, and another 2,400 with major craniofacial issues. They offer comprehensive evaluation and treatment for cleft lip, cleft palate and other head and neck conditions.

Clubfoot and other limb conditions: The pediatric orthopedics team specializes in non-surgical treatments for clubfoot and vertical talus, among other foot disorders.

Heart issues: The St. Louis Children’s and Washington University Heart Center can assess heart issues to determine whether they are minor heart defects, such as ventricular septal defect, or major heart defects that may require surgery, such as Tetralogy of Fallot.

Eye and vision issues: Eye care experts at the Children’s Eye Center treat visual disorders that occur in infants and children, from refractive error and eye crossing (strabismus) to cataracts and tumors.

Spina bifida: The Spina Bifida Clinic provides coordinated care among neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, urologists, physical therapists, and an occupational therapist, dietitian and social worker.