Adoption and Foster Care
This article published in PEDIATRICS provides an overview of differences that may exist between families formed through birth and those formed through adoption. It also illustrates the important role the pediatrician should assume when working with adoptive families.
The purpose of this policy statement from the AAP is to provide a general pediatrician with practical guidance that addresses the initial complrehensive health evaluation of adopted children.
This article discusses the role pediatricians play in supporting adoptive parents and families.
This article describes the demographic, developmental characteristics, and medical changes that can occur with internationally adopted children and also discusses the role of the pediatrician in care and assessment.
Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK): www.aask-az.org
AASK is a private, non-profit adoption and child placement organization dedicated to building families through adoption and foster care and supporting them for a life time.
Global Pediatrics: www.globalpediatrics.net/adoption
Global Pediatrics is an international adoption medical support service which specializes in assisting families adopting from the Former Soviet Union.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Adoption Information:
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Service's website offers resources and information on all aspects of domestic and international adoption including information for prospective and adoptive parents, searching for birth relatives, preparing children and youth, supporting birth parents, and providing post adoptive services. www.childwelfare.gov/adoption
The following site provides information on health and development issues relevant to children adopted from other countries. www.childwelfare.gov/adoption/adoptive/medical_issues
This PowerPoint presentation provides an overview of assessment criteria and issues that may accompany children in the foster care system.
The AACAP policy statement on mental health and use of alcohol and other drugs, screening and assessment of children in foster care.
This research article addresses the similarities and differences in care experienced by children in foster care and those that are not.
This article from the AAP Committee on Early Childhood, Adoption and Dependent Care identifies the developmental issues present in young children in foster care.
This coding fact sheet provides a quick reference guide to bill appropiately for the additional time spent providing care for children in the foster care system.
Internet Resources and Websites
Child Welfare League of America: www.cwla.org/programs/fostercare
Foster Care Friendly Tip Sheet: English