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.

Picky Eaters

Solutions for Picky Eaters

Solutions for Picky Eaters

Food fights are frustrating battles for parents. Whether your child arrives home as a young infant or has spent years waiting for a family, you should expect food to present some challenges. In some cases, eating habits may be set in foster or institutional care, but in many cases, they are a normal part of childhood development. Here's an overview of the problems with picky eating, and how to respond.

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Adopted Gay Teen

If Your Teen Is Gay

Bruce had been a cheerful, outgoing child who had many friends. But when he turned 15, his parents noticed a change in him. He seemed more withdrawn and less gregarious. One day, when Bruce and his mother, Karen, were driving home from school, he seemed particularly down. When Karen asked him what was wrong, he said, "I'm not who you think I am."

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A teenage girl reading books with fictional adopted characters

Preteen Summer Reads with Adoption Themes

Encourage discussion — and a lifelong love for reading — with these adoption-themed books.

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picky eating

Expanding a Picky Eater’s Palate

"Our daughter was underweight when she came home and very picky. Two years later, mealtimes are still constant battles to get her to eat enough and to try new foods.”

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Immunization records for adopted children

Ask the Doctor: Immunizations

We don't know whether our recently adopted child's immunization record is accurate. Also, shes missing several immunizations. What should we do?

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Culture camp

Is Culture Camp for Us?

What will my child learn and talk about at camp? What would our family take away from a week attending together?

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Sensory integration disorder

Ask the Doctor: Sensory Integration Disorder

Our medical expert explains sensory integration disorder in adopted children, and everything parents can do to help children lead normal, happy lives.

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Early intervention

Ask the Doctor: Early Intervention

Our expert explains everything parents need to know about early intervention. What children are eligible? How much does it cost? Which services are good?

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A child eating and overcoming food insecurity

Healing from Food Insecurity

If your child is prone to overeating or hoarding food, help her move past her food insecurity with these tips.

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