Why adopt a child with medical special needs? The answers will surprise you and touch your soul.
Adoption is opening your heart to a baby, then waiting six months to meet him. Adoption is worrying about who rocks him at night, then hoping someone just comes when he cries. Adoption is squeezing your eyes and ears shut when people tell you what happens in Eastern European institutions.
I chose our route because I didn't feel comfortable adopting outside our race. Six bittersweet years of motherhood have taught me to look beyond appearances.
Dana E. Johnson, M.D., Ph.D., on introducing new foods and addressing feeding challenges in a newly adopted child.
If you're worried the child you're adopting has been exposed to alcohol prenatally, what should you watch out for?
While they may appear fragile, premature infants are surprisingly resilient. Here's what you need to know about premature baby adoption and care.
The information you need to know, and how to track it down.
We thought accepting a referral would be the easy part. It wasn’t.
If there’s a possibility that the baby you are planning to adopt was exposed to drugs in utero, what should you be prepared for?
How to assess a newly adopted child's nutritional status and get a malnourished child's growth on track.
When you bring your child for their first post-adoption check-up, what should the doctor be looking for?
I’m considering a special-needs adoption. What might a referral indicate?
No matter what kind of adoption you’re doing, it’s smart to enlist a pediatrician before you make any other decisions. The American Academy of Pediatrics has a section for adoption medicine, with a directory of members.
Experts in international adoption medicine stress that the child’s country of origin is less important than the individual child’s circumstances. Children with disastrous, life-long problems can be born to healthy couples in wealthy countries; perfectly healthy babies can emerge from chaos and poverty. However, our adoptive families recommend that, while you are deciding on a sending country, you investigate the most common problems among its adoptees.
Child psychiatrists believe that children lay down emotional patterns, beginning in infancy. A child who does not experience consistent affection may never learn to feel or express affection for others. This syndrome is called “attachment disorder” or “reactive attachment disorder” (RAD).
If you know nothing about the birth family's medical history, or your child's medical records are incomplete, you'll want a medical professional with first-rate diagnostic skills to focus on areas of possible concern.
We are in the process of adopting a child who may have been exposed to drugs prenatally. How can I learn more about this topic?
We've heard from our agency that we'll be receiving an adoption referral soon. What medical information will it contain, and how should we assess it?
I always knew I wanted to grow my family through adoption.
After months of waiting, you finally get "the call." But is your home really ready for a baby?