Adoption Medicine

One mother shares her experience after deciding to adopt internationally.

“We Wanted to Adopt White Children”

“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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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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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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Special needs adoption can help children find loving homes

Is Special Needs Adoption Right for Your Family?

Why adopt a child with medical special needs? The answers will surprise you and touch your soul.

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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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reviewing an adoption referral

Finding a Pediatrician to Review a Referral

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.

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Understanding Medical Issues in International Adoption

Understanding Medical Issues in International Adoption

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.

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Reactive Attachment Disorder

The Facts About Reactive Attachment Disorder

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).

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Finding a Pediatrician for Your Adopted Child

Finding a Pediatrician

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.

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A doctor with an adoption referral

Assessing a Referral

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?

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