Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tuberculosis Testing for Adopted Children

The CDC has an outdated protocol for the admission of children who have been adopted abroad and are coming home to the United States. Adoptive families are petitioning to remove the TB testing requirement. Please follow this link to learn why the sputum from of testing is a ridiculous requirement for children.  Interview with pediatric tuberculosis expert Dr. Jeffrey Starke

TB testing directly affects waiting children- like our many of our children- and their ability to come home in a timely manner. You may have heard reports about adoptive families being delayed in-country when a child's test result comes back positive, and denied entry to the United States until treatment has been given.  The risk of transmission by children is LESS THAN one percent. With children who already have compromised immune systems, the minimum 7 week delay exposes them needlessly to the health risks associated with orphanage life and could be potentially deadly. That's why it's important to adoptive families that the TB testing requirement be removed.

If you agree that the testing creates needless delays in bringing children home,PLEASE read and sign this
 petition and help bring justice to these children who need someone to speak up for them.

Thank you!

1 comment:

  1. Tracy,
    This site is wonderful. I saw your post offering to add other adoptive families to your site. Please add our blog ( We are in the paperwork phase of adopting a little girl from Ethiopia through AGCI. This is our second adoption (we have a 4 year old from China). Thanks Tracy!
    Kim Cowle