What Impacts the Home Study: Who May Adopt

What Impacts the Home Study: Who May Adopt Adoption is considered by many as a “gray” area of the law. This is a big myth perpetuated by ignorance. The fact is that statutes in all states strictly regulate the adoption process. Home studies are completed by Licensed Clinical Social Workers and are done to investigate […]

Contact Between Adoptive & Birth Parents

Contact Between Adoptive & Birth Parents One may question, is it fair or right for an adult adoptee to expect his/her adoptive parents to now associate in family gatherings with his/her biological family? There is not enough research on the outcomes of openness for those involved in adoption. That said, I guess this is a […]

International Adoptees Starting School

International Adoptees Starting School What steps are needed in order for my internatioanlly adopted child to start school in the U.S.? First 2-4 Weeks: Things to do when arriving home * Get a health examination from an International Adoption Pediatrician. * Get an accurate psychosocial-educational evaluation done in their native language. * (In New York) […]

Tell the truth about your past

My husband and I are getting ready to begin the international adoption process, and wondering whether it is necessary to disclose something. Thirty years ago, my husband was convicted on a drug possession misdemeanor. The conviction has since been expunged and the record is sealed. We know honesty is the best policy, but since the […]

ADHD and Early Trauma: Adopted vs Non-Adopted

ADHD and Early Trauma: Adopted vs Non-Adopted If ADHD characteristic behaviors are resulting from early trauma, how is recommended treatment different than that for children living with their birth family and ADHD? The incidence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is higher among adoptive children (see http://www.aaets.org/adoptarticle7.htm). Therefore, it would be difficult to substantiate that […]

Adopted children are at risk for Reactive Attachment Disorder?

I have heard that many internationally adopted children are at risk for Reactive Attachment Disorder. What is this disorder and what are some of the signs that parents should look for? Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) is a condition in which individuals exhibit markedly disturbed and developmentally inappropriate social relatedness. Children with RAD have considerable difficulty […]