International Adoptees from Haiti Arriving in Minnesota - Minnesota Dept. of Health

International Adoptees from Haiti Arriving in Minnesota

Recently, the U.S. Department of State announced a humanitarian parolee policy allowing orphaned children from Haiti, in the process of being adopted by families in the U.S., to enter the country. This status is granted on an individual basis and is based on specific eligibility as stated by the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State.

Due to the crisis nature of the situation in Haiti, it is not possible to guarantee that children coming as humanitarian parolees had a medical exam prior to departure from Haiti. Therefore it is very important that all children entering the United States as humanitarian parolees undergo a medical screening, which includes testing for infectious diseases as well as general health concerns, soon after arrival. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed interim guidelines for the domestic medical screening of Haitian orphan parolees.

The MDH Refugee Health Program can help families and agencies find clinics with experience in doing medical screening exams for refugees and parolees and/or offer clinical screening guidance to a family physician.

If you have any questions about the domestic health screening recommended for Haitian orphaned parolees to Minnesota, please contact the MDH Refugee Health Program at 651-201-5414.

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Updated Monday, August 15, 2016 at 11:13AM