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adoption

[ədop′shən]
Etymology: L, adoptere, to choose
a selection and inclusion in an established relationship or a choice of treatment protocol.

Adoption

The act of lawfully assuming the parental rights and responsibilities of another person, usually a child under age 18, typically due to infertility; 8,000 babies/year enter the US adoption pool, most from underdeveloped countries; about 2% of children < age 18 in the US are adopted.
Health profile Adoptees comprise 5% of children in psychotherapy, 6–9% of those with learning disabilities, 10–15% of those in residential treatment or psychiatric hospitals.
Medical problems in international adoptees
• Infections Giardia lamblia, Trichuris trichiura, Blastocystis hominis, tuberculosis, HBV, chronic diarrhoea, poor hygiene
• Medical problems Neurologic, haematologic, renal, metabolic
• Psychological Sensory deprivation and/or physical abuse by care-givers
• Nutrition Malnutrition, rickets

adoption

Social medicine The act of lawfully assuming the parental rights and responsibilities of another person, usually a child under the age of 18; the care and nurturing of a child by a non-blood-related adult who assumes the roles, rights, and obligations of a natural parent; 2% of children < age 18–US are adopted–± 1 million. See Cooperative adoption, Designated adoption, Independent adoption, Infant adoption, Informal adoption, Open adoption, Relative adoption, Semiadoption, Simple adoption, Traditional adoption, Transracial adoption, Wrongful adoption, Zygote adoption.

adoption

1. of alien young. Individual dams of all species may adopt strange neonates, and some ewes will even attempt to poach from others, but special measures have to be taken in most cases to foster alien young. Sows are probably the easiest to deceive. Queens will accept foster kittens if they are within about 2 weeks of the age of their own kittens. Reluctant ewes may accept strange lambs only if they are rubbed with secretions from their own.
2. also used in reference to the placing of stray or otherwise unwanted dogs and cats into ownership, as stray animals obtained from an animal shelter.
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If you grow up in an environment, where you are not allowed to practice your culture, (not) to be connected with your language and you are actually in a home, where the parents, whether its foster parents or adopted parents are encouraged not to contact the band or the community or the family, then you have this unnatural upbringing.
We all knew somehow that we didn't belong there, but my adopted parents were different, I guess, because they told me right from the start where I was really from.
We were very much surprised not by the fact that we found the [biological parent] relationship but by the lack of association between the adopted parents and the adoptees.
Tragically soon after returning to America, Durka's adopted parents simultaneously committed suicide by repeatedly stabbing themselves in the back with a scimitar, and then lighting themselves on fire.
Your Poem UNANSWERED QUESTIONS I was adopted when I was a child, ever since I first found out, I have had a longing deep inside Did my parents abandon me, had they died, the yearning to find out, I simply cannot hide Do I have siblings, or am I alone, am I the product of a broken home What will I find if I dig down deep, all of the secrets they would rather keep Do I resemble my Mum or my Dad, until I know the answer I will always feel sad Was my Mum alone and could not cope, did my Dad get scared and refuse to elope Questions whirl inside my brain, if I get answers, will my adopted parents still treat me the same Should I leave things as they are, or hitch my wagon to a wandering star?
Shortly after Kristallnacht, Liesel and her adopted parents put themselves at risk when they hide a Jewish youngster in their cellar.
Gristina - originally known as Anne Tennant and brought up by adopted parents in Kirkliston, West Lothian - has pleaded not guilty.
Her adopted parents passed away without ever knowing that Pat had discovered the truth.
Bamber has been behind bars for nearly 25 years for shooting his wealthy adopted parents June and Nevill, Sheila and her six-year-old twin sons Daniel and Nicholas at their farmhouse in Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Essex.
Bamber, who is serving a whole life sentence for the notorious killings of his adopted parents, sister and her two sons in Essex, has claimed that his sister Sheila Caffell, a model known as "Bambi", shot her family before turning the gun on herself.
Bamber has been behind bars for 23 years for shooting his wealthy adopted parents, June and Neville, his sister Sheila Caffell and her six-year-old twin sons Daniel and Nicholas at their farmhouse in Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Essex.