Food Issues with Adopted and Foster Kids

Food issues are very common with adopted and foster children and are one of the most frequent concerns adoptive and foster parents have. We will address common food issues and provide practical suggestions for parents to implement to help their child. Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national adoption & foster care education and support nonprofit, interviews Dr. Katja Rowell, The Feeding Doctor, and author of Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating and Love Me, Feed Me as well as Kate Miller, Feeding and Disability Specialist at SPOON, an NGO focused on eradicating malnutrition for children who are isolated from their communities due to a disability and those living in orphanages and foster care.

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Hit the Highlights
  • What do we mean by “food issues” ?
  • Why are adopted children more prone to issues with food?
  • What type of adopted kids are prone to feeding issues?
  • How to handle hoarding or food sneaking?
  • Practical suggestions for helping a child that eats too much and does not seem to recognize when he is full.
  • What can a parent do to help extremely picky eaters?
  • How can we recognize texture and sensory issues and how they may be contributing to pickiness.
  • What to do about a child who only wants to eat processed or “junk” food.
  • How long does it take for food issues to resolve?
  • Are there any specific nutritional concerns adoptive and foster parents should have with their children?

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Music credit: Michael Ashworth