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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

University of Chicago Adoption Center

Providing a Strong Start for New Families

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:

  1. Pre-adoption assessments
  2. Pre-adoption travel clinic visits
  3. Post adoption parent support and resource referral
  4. Referrals to specialized care

Our board certified family nurse practitioner and licensed clinical social worker specialize in providing medical, behavioral and developmental care to adopted children from countries around 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

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, LCSW
Adoption Center Social Worker