Kevin and I have been working with Dr. Ellen Kempf of Akron Children's Hospital Oak Adoptive Helth Center. She has been instrumental in helping gauge Isabella's health and development through pictures. When Izzy comes home, the first visit she will make is to the Oak Adoptive Health Center to begin her vaccinations and behavioral health therapy.
According to Children's website, The Oak Adoptive Health Center at Akron Children's Hospital was established in June 2004 with a generous donation from local philanthropists Jim and Vanita Oelschlager who have an adopted grandchild. The center works to prepare and educate families involved in domestic, international and special needs adoptions. It also provides medical, psychological and developmental evaluation and support to encourage the healthy growth of the adoptive family. The Oak Adoptive Health staff does not replace the child's primary care doctor. However, if medical issues exist, the services of the Akron Children's Hospital staff are readily available.
The Center staff believe every child deserves a permanent home and a loving family. For thousands of adults and children, adoption is the path leading to a fulfilling family life.
We are grateful for Dr. Kempf's time and expertise during this waiting period!