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BIRMINGHAM (Oct. 14) - A group of delegates from the China Center for Child Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) toured the UAB International Adoption Clinic at Children's South on Friday in an effort to improve the adoption processes between the two countries.

The UAB International Adoption Clinic, which is located at the Children's South Pediatric Outpatient Center near Acton Road and I-459, is the sole medical clinic the delegates will tour during the visit.

"It is our hope that this visit from CCCWA to see the International Adoption Clinic will further enhance relations between China's child welfare program and the U.S.," said Dr. Jennifer Chambers, UAB assistant professor of pediatrics and founder of the International Adoption Center. "We also hope that China will look forward to working with us on a more intimate level in future projects."

The CCCWA is the central adoption authority for China and an agency that operates under China's Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA), a cabinet-level department handling all of China's domestic policy. Several MCA officials will be part of the delegation to offer expertise in global child welfare issues.
Seventeen delegates are traveling throughout the United States for 18 days. In addition to Alabama, they also have stops scheduled in Washington D.C., Georgia, Florida, Michigan, and New York. Over the course of their visit, they will meet with U.S. government officials, adoptive families and children, major adoption service providers, child welfare experts and institutions.

During the celebration, the delegates will have the opportunity to consult with various subspecialists, meet with adoptees and their families as well as to tour the facility. At the conclusion of the tour, the delegates will be met with a special presentation and reception in their honor.

Founded in 2001, the mission of the UAB International Adoption Clinic is to serve the initial and ongoing medical, developmental and emotional needs of adoptive parents and their children from around the world. The clinic is staffed with professionals who have a love for children that have been abandoned in developing countries and desire to see them accepted into loving and well-equipped families. Through the IAC's interdisciplinary clinic that includes pediatrics, occupational therapy, speech therapy and family therapy, comprehensive medical services are provided to assist parents in their exciting journey through international adoption from pre-adoption to post-adoption.

The UAB International Adoption Clinic is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year, and has served children adopted from 44 countries around the world.

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