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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.
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They may ask imposing questions and make inappropriate comments to accentuate how they are different from the adopted child. In this way, they distance themselves from the adoptee, thereby comforting themselves that this could never happen to them.
GIVING SUPPORT TO ADOPTIVE PARENTS YOU and your adopted child may need support and you are entitled to have an assessment of your family's needs.
However, at a recent ceremony, Mary and Stephen Marler of Houston held their one-year-old adopted child as Mary Marler said, "The wait was emotional, even excruciating, but it was worth all of it."
"As a father of an adopted child, I hope this event will result in more children finding permanent, loving homes."
Zoe is the divorced mom of an adopted child, living in a Philadelphia neighborhood where nearly every child seems to have a nanny--until someone starts kidnapping them and body parts begin to appear.
Families who adopt children with special needs also are likely to be eligible to receive Medicaid--to help cover any medical costs the adopted child may incur--as well as a monthly adoption assistance payment.
The federal Family Medical Leave Act, enacted in 1993, allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off from work each year to bond with a newborn or adopted child, care for a seriously ill family member, or recover from their own serious health condition.
My [white] brother often wasn't even referred to as adopted, and even when he was an 'adopted child,' I was a 'transracial adoptee.'"
first adopted child had been removed from her home in 1918 because of assault and battery charges had no difficulty acquiring another in 1920, and she adopted that child in 1922.
Currently, companies with 50 or more employees are required to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to employees with a newborn or newly adopted child while the employee's job and health insurance are protected.
We describe a fatal case of SSPE in an internationally adopted child 9 years after he arrived in the United States.
An adoption order rewrites history by changing the adopted child's birth certificate to show the child as the offspring of the adopting parents.