In this Children’s Channel video, Vince DeGeorge, PhD, a behavioral health specialist at Akron Children’s Hospital’s Oak Adoptive Health Center, lists some of the key considerations for families thinking about international adoption.
Adoption, not birth, allow this mother-daughter to share a genetic bond (Photo Gallery) Geneticist and young girl have Turner syndrome
The Chinese New Year, a day to celebrate good fortune and happiness, is coming up on Feb. 10. But the holiday came early for Dr. Catherine Ward-Melver and her newly adopted daughter, Zoe, who is Chinese. Dr. Ward-Melver, a clinical geneticist in Akron Children’s Genetics Center, and her husband, Kevin, traveled to China in early December to complete the adoption and bring 3-year-old Zoe back to Akron to start their new life together. Zoe was not only given the gift of loving parents and a new home but a mother who shares a special bond. Both Dr. Ward-Melver and Zoe have Turner syndrome, a genetic condition in which a woman does not have the usual pair of two X chromosomes.