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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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The adopting parents can usually avoid the emotional drama of interacting with the birth mother, for example, and the domestic danger that she'll decide to keep the child.
Some banks are offering loans to adopting parents, but a wiser approach might be borrowing against your 401(k).
Not only did overseas adoptions not cease, but DFA officials acknowledged that there was no legal basis for them to deny passports for children to travel abroad, so long as the children and adopting parents met Archbishop McQuaid's 1950 regulations:
While adopting parents have answered the needs of thousands of Irish children, they can never answer the questions deep within us all of: "Who am I?
In the past, an agency in Oregon with more adopting parents than adoptable children had little ability to quickly learn about another agency in Virginia with more adoptable children than adopting parents.
Every minute is so important in the adoption process, as is the ability to find a great fit between adopting parents, expectant mother and child," said New Jersey attorney Deborah Steincolor, who's been using the Parent Match system as part of an initial testing group.
In addition, the Corporation provides adopting parents with childcare resources and referrals; a 10 percent discount at national child care centers; backup dependent care; dependent care flexible-spending accounts, in which the company provides a dollar for dollar match up to $1,000 for employees with incomes up to $85,000 per year; and a unique handbook, The New Parents Guide for Adopting Parents.
Akin Gump Los Angeles lawyers get involved with adopting families on an individual basis to remove bureaucratic obstacles, ensure proper aid is provided to the adopting family, complete the requisite paperwork and appear before a judge with the adopting parents and child.
Operating as a registered not-for-profit organization, the IAC mission is to make open adoption a viable and accessible alternative to untimely pregnancy throughout the United States by providing professional, licensed, comprehensive educational and counseling-centered services to birthparents, adopting parents and adoptees nationwide.
The site allows adopting parents to enter their own personalized message, contact information and photograph.
We feel that enhancing this benefit will help to ease the financial strain placed on adopting parents," said Catherine Hawkes, assistant vice president of Employee Health and Work Life Programs at CIGNA.
Klingert, president and chief executive officer of Digital Biometrics, said "Second quarter sales growth was in line with expectations and includes deliveries of 12 systems to OEM customers as well as delivery of three systems to the State of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for use in background checks of prospective adopting parents.