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ADHD and Early Life Data

I am wondering how you differentiate a child suffering from ADHD from a child who was raised for 2.5 years in an orphanage and has very limited early life data. The etiology of ADHD i... [more]


What challenges can be expected when arthrogryposis is indicated on the adoptive child's medical record? Arthrogryposis refers to a symptom complex characterized by multiple joint con... [more]

Better Preparation for Pre-Adoptive Families

What can the adoption community do as a whole in order to better prepare their families for international adoption? Child abuse occurs unfortunately too frequently in all cultures, so... [more]

Bipolar Disorder and Heredity

I am interested in adopting a child whose mother has bipolar disorder. Should I be concerned about the possibility of this being passed on to the child? Bipolar Disorder encompasses a g... [more]

Child Abuse: More Prevalent in International Adopters?

Is child abuse more prevalent in parents who adopt a child Internationally as opposed to parents who have biological children? By definition, child abuse does not discriminate by race... [more]

Childhood Onset Bipolar Disorder

Please explain "Childhood Onset Bipolar Disorder" and how it relates to the Internationally adopted child. Bipolar Disorder is characterized by intense, persistent mood swing... [more]

China Adoption Medical Issues

What are some of the health concerns and social issues associated with international adoption from China? China is the number one country that places children for international adopti... [more]

Cleft Lip - Cleft Palate

My child was born with a cleft lip/palate deformity, what do I need to know? Cleft lip or palate is a facial defect causing a cleft that is either unilateral or bilateral. It is e... [more]

Congenital Hip Dysplasia

Congenital hip dysplasia in the orphan child Dysplasia -This term is antiquated and the only reference that was found was from literature dating from the 1970s. It does indeed refer t... [more]

Detrimental Effects of Institutions & Orphanages

What is it about institutions and orphanages that make them so detrimental to a child’s overall health and development? Adverse effects of institutional care living is not ne... [more]

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