Ask AF: Prenatal Substance Exposure

The child we are adopting may have been exposed to drugs prenatally. How can my family learn more?

Q: We are in the process of adopting a child who may have been exposed to drugs prenatally. How can I learn more about prenatal substance exposure?

A: An excellent book on this topic is Adoption and Prenatal Alcohol and Drug Exposure: Research, Policy and Practice, edited by Richard P. Barth, David Brodzinsky, and Madelyn Freundlich. [This book is available from the Adoptive Families online bookstore.]

You should also consult a competent adoption doctor to review the medical records. Find one listed with the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Adoption and Foster Care.

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