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 […]

My pediatrician believes that my child has Reactive Attachment Disorder.

My pediatrician believes that my child has Reactive Attachment Disorder. What can I do if there isn’t a RAD therapist within 100 miles of my home? Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) is a condition in which individuals exhibit markedly disturbed and developmentally inappropriate social relatedness. Children with RAD have considerable difficulty forming meaningful, affectionate relationships. Since […]

Symptoms suggest that an adoptive child has been exposed to a significant traumatic event?

What symptoms suggest that an adoptive child has been exposed to a significant traumatic event? Many adoptive children have, unfortunately, faced traumatic events. Having an understanding of the symptoms suggestive of traumatic exposure can aid in identifying children who may be experiencing traumatic stress reactions. Ultimately, by identifying symptoms early, we can keep adoptive children […]