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Ask AF: What Adoptive Parents Neew to Know About Hepatitis B

Ask AF: What Adoptive Parents Neew to Know About Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a contagious virus that can be passed from a mother to a baby at or around the time of birth. It can also be passed from one child to another in an orphanage, through blood or body fluids.

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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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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One mother shares her experience after deciding to adopt internationally.

“We Wanted to Adopt White Children”

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.

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Adopting a premature baby

Adopting a Premature Infant

While they may appear fragile, premature infants are surprisingly resilient. Here's what you need to know about premature baby adoption and care.

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Declining an adoption referral is a difficult choice for adoptive parents

“Our Agonizing Decision to Decline a Referral”

We thought accepting a referral would be the easy part. It wasn’t.

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Prenatal Drug Exposure - What You Need To Know

Prenatal Drug Exposure — What Parents Need to Know

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?

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Learn about the adoption transition diet for your child.

The Adoption Transition Diet

Dana E. Johnson, M.D., Ph.D., on introducing new foods and addressing feeding challenges in a newly adopted child.

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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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Fear of Developmental Delays

“Bringing Him Home”

The medical report faxed to us said our son could "speak in full sentences" and proclaimed him healthy. So who was this eerily quiet toddler on the exam table?

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