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University of Chicago Adoption Center

Providing a Strong Start for New Families

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Each year, thousands of children are adopted from overseas. In order to meet the special needs of adoptive families, our healthcare providers established the University of Chicago Adoption Center at Comer Children’s. This unique resource has been designed to provide adoptive families with a wide range of services, including:

  • Pre-adoption assessments
  • Pre-adoption travel clinic visits
  • Developmental and behavioral evaluations
  • Referrals to specialized care

Our board certified physicians and nurses specialize in providing medical, behavioral and developmental care to adopted children from China, Russia, Korea, Central America and other parts of the world. The Adoption Center team works closely with health professionals in other specialties to offer a full range of pediatric services, including infectious disease consultations and other resources that will help ease the transition to a new home.

Our Team

Larry Gray, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Linda Walsh, NP
Pediatric Infectious Disease Clinic Nurse Practitioner
Clinical Director, University of Chicago Adoption Center
Director of Clinical Operations & Outreach, Pediatric & Adolescent HIV Team

Jennifer L. Burns, CPNP
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Infectious Disease Clinic
Clinical Director, Pediatric and Family Travel Clinic

Shelly Roy
Adoption Center Coordinator


To schedule an appointment or request information, call (773) 834-8925 or email us at adoption.clinic@uchospitals.edu.

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