Should You Accept This Referral or Birth Mother Match?




Deciding whether to accept the referral or birth parent match for a child is the biggest decision an adoptive parent has to make. Our guest is Dr. Dana Johnson, Director of the International Adoption Clinic at the University of Minnesota and Professor of Neonatology. We will discuss what factors are red flags, what questions to ask, and how to interpret the medical and social history provided prior to adoption.

Highlights of the show (click to expand)
  • What risk factor are of the greatest concern with international adoption?
  • How does institutionalization in orphanages affect children?
  • How can adoptive parents determine if their child is at high risk for attachment or psychological problems?
  • Red flags to consider when reviewing an adoption referral or birthmother match.
  • What information available in a typical referral or birth parent medical or social history is of greater concern in predicting long term mental and physical health for an adopted child?
  • When evaluating a referral or birth mother match, what factors indicate risk for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)?
  • What are the risk factors for mental illness that may be seen in the medical and social history/background in international adoption and domestic adoption?
  • How can adoptive parents keep risk factors in perspective?

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