Health Issues to Consider When Reviewing Adoption Referrals
What conditions should you be concerned about in an adoption referral or a potential match? How can you interpret the information to make this decision? Dr. Gail Farber, Co-Director International Adoption Health Program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and an adoptive mom; and Dr. Anne Walker, a pediatrician specializing in adoption and an adoptive mom of three, discuss medical issues with adopted kids
- What information about a child’s heath do parents receive prior to adoption?
- How important is birth weight?
- How important is head circumference?
- What are hints that a birth mother might have engaged in risky behavior while pregnant?
- What are hints that a birth mother might have drank while pregnant?
- What are the risks associated with drug use during pregnancy?
- What are accompanying disabilities that go along with known special needs such as cleft lip/palate?
- How many international adoption doctors should perspective parents consult before accepting a referral?
- What is the likelihood of an adopted child inheriting a mental illness and what can parents do to assess the risks?
- What is the impact of institutionalization on a child?
- What information should perspective parents ask to see on a child being adopted from foster care?
- What are the warning signs of future potential problems when looking at an international adoption? Domestic adoption?