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.

Delayed Reading Skills

Teaching Your Child the ABC’s of Reading

Teaching Your Child the ABC’s of Reading

When it comes to reading skills, parents are their children's first—and best—teachers. Here's how to give your child a head start on mastering the written word.

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family bedsharing

“Sleeping Together as a Family”

At night, each of this mother's three children wanted to be with mom.

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How to Get an IEP

How to Get Your Child Help at School

When a child has learning problems, often the first step is an Individualized Educational Program (IEP). Here's what you need to know.

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effects of adoption on adoptees

Do Adoptees Struggle with Change and Transition?

"My daughter has greater difficulties with transitions than her friends who were born into their families. If we know a transition is coming, we prepare."

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Medical myths about adoption

Questioning Medical Myths About Adoption

Make sure your infant or toddler is getting the care he needs.

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formula for newborn baby

Ask the Doctor: How Do I Feed My Newborn?

Everything you need to know about bonding with and nourishing your child during feeding times, from an adoption medicine expert.

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One parent supplements her child's diet after adopting a malnourished child.

Nourishing Beyond Growth Charts

How to assess a newly adopted child's nutritional status and get a malnourished child's growth on track.

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Speech and language skills are an important part of a baby's development

Your Child’s Speech and Language Development

What you need to know to assess your child's speech and language skills, and how to get help if you suspect trouble.

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Problems with language can be overcome

Addressing Learning and Language Delays

Early assessment can make all the difference when a child has learning or language developmental delays.

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One mom describes her fears for her adopted child after prenatal alcohol exposure.

“The Blank Spaces” – Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Effects

I am angry at the price my son has to pay for his birth mother's decision to drink while pregnant — but I can't be angry at her.

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Learn about your adopted child development and medical history

Why You Need Your Child’s Medical History

A little information about your child's medical history goes a long way for finding and preventing risks.

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