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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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For Edmund and Ofelia Macaso, adoptive parents to their child Cheska, the stigma is in the mind of the parents themselves, not the children.
SECU's participation will play an integral role in heightening awareness and providing foster youth with maximum exposure to potential adoptive parents.
She draws on her educational and professional background in psychology and counseling to illuminate the private thoughts of adoptive parents with sensitivity and startling honesty.
Today, we are we are delivering real change for children and prospective adoptive parents in Wales.
The council's reputation for delivering professional, effective services in this field means that anyone looking to become an adoptive parent can feel safe in the knowledge that they will be working with one of the best teams in the country.
That said, as much as possible needs to be done to recruit and assess prospective adoptive families QUICKLY in order to have potential homes available when the need arises.
They allegedly found e1/45,000 in their possession and e1/45,000 more in the possession of the adoptive parents.
adoption isn''t always easy, of course, but the joy it can bring - as many adoptive parents will tell you - can be limitless.
adoptive It's something that every adoptive parent gets their heads around anyway when they begin the process of adoption - that their child may one day want to meet their real mum and dad.
Tyebjee (2003), for example, asked prospective American adoptive and foster parents about their attitudes and motivations towards adoption and foster care.
The study included adopted children, their biological parents and siblings, and their adoptive parents and siblings.
Many readers, such as the students in my recent class on adoption literature, find it is enlightening to have the young narrator Tassie's perspective, as a mother's helper, on the adoption process, birth mothers (rarely treated so sympathetically yet unsentimentally in fiction), caregivers, social service workers, and the adoptive family.