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.

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Tween adoptees can undergo identity struggles

“I Just Don’t Fit In”

Tween adoptees may walk away from their cultural heritage, family outings, and even their family as they try to fit in with peers.

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A doctor checking an African American baby for sickle cell anemia

African-American Health Concerns: Sickle Cell Anemia

Our child is African-American. What should we know about sickle cell anemia?

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Disciplining your adopted child

Real Parents Provide Discipline

Setting limits can be tough for parents–but it's important to discipline our children anyway.

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Is your adopted child ready for sleep away camp?

Can My Child Handle Sleep Away Camp?

Parents wonder if preteens will experience separation anxiety at sleep away camp. Learn how to tell if yours is ready, and then ease the transition.

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How to help your adopted child relax her drive for perfection.

When Kids Worry About Being Perfect

We want our children to do well—but we also want them to enjoy being kids. How do we help them strike a balance?

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How to help kids get over fear of parents death.

Dealing with Adoptee Fears of Loss

Do adoptees who've already experienced the loss of birth parents worry more than other kids about their parents dying?

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“Emotional Armor”

I'd like to shield her from life's unhappiness, but my daughter's spirit needs to lead her.

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Our readers offer tips for helping your child sleep.

Helping Your Child Sleep

Last month we asked: Have you discovered ways to make bedtime easier or to help your child sleep through the night?

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One mother describes meeting her adoptive son after prenatal drug exposure.

“The Decision to Adopt a Child with Prenatal Drug Exposure”

Typically, I would have spent weeks — if not months — gathering information and exhausting every possible scenario. But there wasn't time for analyzing. My son needed me.

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The story of adopting a deaf child

“Finding Her Voice After Eight Years Without a First Language”

Since adopting a deaf older child from China, it's been my privilege to become her interpreter, her voice, her audience, and her mom.

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Understanding puberty and adoption

What Parents Need to Know About Puberty and Adoption

Is it true that girls adopted at a later age may begin puberty early? Our daughter was six when she arrived. What should we watch for in the years to come?

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One mom describes her experience adopting a child with spina bifida.

“My Son Who Refused to Give Up”

A doctor predicted our son, who has spina bifida, would never walk. But Mark has shown us what perseverance — and a keen passion — can do.

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We look at the genetics of adoptive families.

The Role of Genes on Personality

It's easy to associate your child's soaring height or freckles with a birth parent, but what about his straight A's in science or his rosy outlook on life?

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A smiling baby, progressing through the stages of infant development

When You Adopt a Baby: An Overview of Developmental Stages

A look at what to expect at different developmental stages of babyhood—and what each stage means for adoptive parents.

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Adoption in the movies: a group of people at a theater

Adoption in the Movies: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

With this jocular yet telling treatise on adoption in the movies, journalist Susan Avery offers some reviews of popular films to help you decide what's right for your family.

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Cover of Adoption and Prenatal Alcohol and Drug Exposure

[Book Review] Adoption and Prenatal Alcohol and Drug Exposure

If I adopt a baby whose mother may have been using drugs or alcohol during the pregnancy, what issues might I expect for my child? Are there any differences if the infant has been exposed to alcohol versus drugs or both?

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How to recognize sensory integration dysfunction in your child.

The Little Girl Who Loved to Swing

For some children suffering from sensory integration disorder, sounds are distracting, clothes are itchy, and everyday life is filled with too many unpleasant situations.

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