Piecing Together a Medical History

When you adopt a foster child, here's what you need to know to understand how to assess and meet the child's medical, developmental, educational, and behavioral needs.

Gathering a medical history for your adopted child may not be easy
When a child from the foster system transitions into an adoptive family, he comes with his own story. But because foster care is never planned, there will probably be gaps in the information the family receives. This is particularly true with medical history. If you're adopting from foster care, what can you expect, and how can you figure out what your child needs, now and in the future? Medical Records In a best-case scenario, you would be told where your ...

What do parents need to know about medical history when adopting a foster child?


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