I read an adoption agency post on Family Health History, left a comment, went back to read it again and realized the post is from 2016. My comment is still there pending approval, which I expected as I commented on the weekend. The post was on what the adoption agency does with any family medical updates, note what they do seems pretty standard across agencies, something I’ve talked about before. Adoption agencies can also charge an adoptee to pull their file.
Is the standard good enough is the question I’m asking you my friends.
If you answer in the comments:
- Include your role in adoption (first parent, adoptive parent, adoptee).
- Answer whether it is good enough to you, and why, if it’s not good enough, what should be done instead.
- Include whether you’d have known to check with the adoption agency regularly for updated family health history.
Here is the post: Adoptees and Updated Medical Information
My comment is below, but please don’t click the ‘Read the rest of this entry’ until you’ve read the above post linked, so it’s read without my bias good or bad. If you are going to comment, it would also be good to do that before you read my comment.
“The form is then given to the adoptee should they inquire and have an interest in receiving this information.”
So, it can be life-saving info for the adoptee, yet, you just file it away, available for an adoptee if they ask you for it, even though they don’t know you have it.
But you don’t know if they (the adoptee) knows it may be available to them if they just asked for it. You don’t know if the adoptive parents knew a birth parent could update a file, or that the onus was on them to check in with you every how often.
I think the adoption agency (all of them) have a responsibility to reach out to either the adult adoptee, or if still a minor, to the adoptive parents when the medical information is updated. At least try to make contact and document that you tried.