Medical, Developmental, and Mental Health Considerations. (Chapter 7 in Adoption in the United States: A Reference for Families, Professionals and Students.)
Henry, Martha J. Pollack, Daniel.
University of Massachusetts. Center for Adoption Research.
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This chapter covers a variety of issues related to the medical, developmental, and mental health considerations for parenting children who were adopted. It addresses adoption in cases of fetal anomaly and genetic risks, adopting a child with a developmental or chronic disability, and adopting a child with special needs. Guidelines are provided for working with pediatricians, and information is given on health and mental health considerations for children adopted from foster care and internationally, obtaining medical information, and necessary parenting tools and skills. Additional tips are provided for travel preparations for adopting internationally, the trip home, and behavioral health considerations in intercountry adoptions.
special needs adoption; child health; child development; parenting; adoption process; intercountry adoption; medical records