Oak Adoptive Health Center Celebrates 10 years

Oak Adoptive Health Center Celebrates 10 years

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Akron Children’s Hospital’s Oak Adoptive Health Center will hold an open house on Sept. 17 to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

The open house is from 4 to 7 p.m. at the center, which is located on the 6th floor of the Considine Professional Building, located at 215 W. Bowery St., on the hospital’s downtown Akron campus.

Established in June 2004, the Oak Adoptive Health Center works with families before and after adoption to encourage the healthy growth of the entire family. The center provides services for domestic, international and special needs adoptions, and supports families throughout the whole process.

The open house is a good opportunity to visit with retiring medical director Dr. Ellen Kempf and meet the center’s new medical director Dr. Sharon McKee. The center’s clinical team is looking forward to seeing past, present and future patient families.

Among the services offered, the center provides medical, developmental and psychological assessments. During the pre-adoption process, the center will evaluate written records, photos and videos of the children being considered for adoption to help parents prepare for their child’s expected needs. After adoption, the center will perform an initial medical evaluation to identify any potential health problems and make recommendations for ongoing care in conjunction with the child’s primary care physician.

The Oak Adoptive Health Center was established through a donation from Jim and Vanita Oelschlager, who have an adopted grandchild. Akron Children’s is among a handful of pediatric hospitals that provide adoptive health services.

No reservation is needed. For more information, call 330-543-3550.

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