Disorders and Disabilities
Specific disorders, disabilities, and health risks of concern to adoptive and foster families.
Drug & Alcohol Exposures
Information and resources pertaining to emotional, mental, and physical health issues that can arise from prenatal exposures to alcohol, drugs, and other substances.
Grief and Loss
Grief and loss are part of the life of young adoptees and children and youth in foster care. Professionals and parents offer insight, suggestions, and support to adoptive and foster parents seeking ways to identify these issues, and talk to their children about them.
Delays or difficulties in language development can be the result of many factors, including lack of muscle development, institutionalization, and even the confusion of a bilingual environment.
A guide to the abbreviations used in prescriptions, medication labeling, and medical notes made by health care professionals.
Understanding Your Child
Adopted and foster children, from infants to older children, may have a variety of needs and concerns. Parents must be aware of potential issues, including grief and loss, anger, and identity, in order to help their children develop and grow.
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