Health & Development in Adopted Children


Tracking your child’s milestones after adoption, knowing what to expect at different developmental stages, and tending to your child’s health and well-being as he or she grows.

A girl on her way to early intervention with her mom

Early Intervention: Spotting Problems in Your Child’s Development

Early Intervention: Spotting Problems in Your Child’s Development

If your baby or toddler isnt hitting developmental milestones, help is here—at little or no cost—thanks to Early Intervention services nationwide.

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Family Activities

Family Activities (That Don’t Involve Screens)

It can be a challenge to tear tweens away from their screens for some good old fashioned family bonding—until you try one of these activities!

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Conscience development

Conscience Development in Preschoolers

Many children in foster care have delays in conscience development. A few have no conscience. It is important that parents understand conscience development and identify ways to facilitate growth in this area.

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When the Brain Can't Hear Book Review

[Book Review] When the Brain Can’t Hear: Unraveling the Mystery of Auditory Processing Disorder

Dr. Teri James Bellis, author of When the Brain Can't Hear, is an audiologist who herself developed APD following an automobile accident. She clearly knows APD from the inside out.

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Timing of elective surgery

When Should You Schedule Surgery?

You may want to postpone elective surgery until your child has been home for four to six months.

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Supplemental nursing

Adoptive Breastfeeding with Supplemental Nursing

One mother shares the special memories she has of bonding with her child during breastfeeding, and the book that helped her figure it out.

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AF answers your questions about bonding and attachment.: Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today's Parents

[Book Review] Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents

I have no idea what percentage of a personality is determined by genes. I don't even know what a percentage of a personality is. But if there's anything I can do to load the dice in my child's favor, I'll do it. Most adoptive parents feel the same. Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today's Parents is for us.

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Behavior Problems in Adoptive Children

Positive Parenting for Behavior Problems

When parents expect the worst from their children, they often get it.

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