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The List of Photolistings
Over 75 state, local and international photolistings.

What You Should Know About Adoption Photolistings
Adoption photolistings can be great tools to help you find your child, if you don't let your heart rule your intelligence. Follow this practical advice and advance warning signs for adoption photolistings. Dawn Davenport

Developmental Disorders, Attachment and the Adoption of Older Children from Foster Care
Children adopted from foster care frequently have ongoing problems related to attachment disorder, trauma, abuse and neglect, and behavioral, developmental and psychological disorders. Disproportionate rates of mental health problems persist for these children as they age. Therefore, mental and physical health screening and follow-up is essential for children following their adoption from foster care. Martha Henry and Daniel Pollack

Attaching in Adoption
Author and adoption expert Deborah Gray discusses attachment in adoption, in this exclusive interview.

Baby and Toddler Adoptions - Interrupted or Unexperienced Stages of Development
Developmental interruptions are common in adopted babies who are placed after birth. Patricia Johnston

What the Heck Were You Thinking? Adoption, Foster Care, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Inability to manage strong feelings can cause foster and adopted children and teens to act out in inappropriate ways. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy may help these children gain control of their behavior. Pamela Lowell

Adoption of the Perfect Child
When a baby born with cleft lip and cleft palate, a special nurse finds him to be perfect, in this remarkable story of a special needs domestic adoption. Diana M. Amadeo

Choosing Adoption - Developmental Impacts of Orphanages Versus Foster Care
An overview of developmental impacts of children adopted internationally from oprhanages and institutions. How and why this may differ from children adopted from foster care. Dawn Davenport

What Should We Talk About? Building Your Child's Conversation Skills
Three easy steps to help your child learn good conversation skills. A great article for older children learning to speak English. Gary Kosman and Grace Chiu (More articles on speech)

Adoption : Your Child's Speech and Language Development
Speech and Language Development in Adoption: Language is the gateway to learning. Here's what you need to know to foster speech and language skills of your adopted child, and to get help when you suspect trouble. Allison Martin

Our Adoption of a Child with Cleft Palate
The personal story of adoption of Vietnamese child with cleft palate. Lois Fraser

Risks in Adopting a Pre-Term or Low Birth Weight Baby
This article on our prematurity site provides an overview of the potential developmental outcome when considering the adoption of a pre-term or low birth weight LBW baby. Patricia Irwin Johnston

Building A Child's Self Esteem
A disabled child's self identity, and feeling about himself can be very fragile. He will be disinclined to try to progress, if he believes himself to be incapable, a failure, or unimportant. Building a child's self esteem is very important. The best way to do this is to make the child feel needed. Rosemary J. Gwaltney

Our Daughter's Heart Condition
The adoption and subsequent treatment of a Chinese baby with Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD). Barb Burke

Alleviating Sensory Integration Issues in Adopted Children Due to Early Sensory Deprivation - Online Links
Links to online articles with informational responses to common questions from parents of adopted children raised in orphanages or institutions, who have ongoing with sensory integration issues. An interview with Zoe Mailloux. Allison Martin

Our Daughter's Arthrogryposis
The adoption story of a Korean baby with arthrogryposis who is growing up to be a talented young girl. Barb Burke

Are Institutions a Place to Call Home?
Dr. Groza's review of the impacts of long term institutionalism of children adopted from Romania has implications for children remaining in institutions around the world. Victor Groza, Daniela F. Ileana, and Ivor Irwin

Adopting and Parenting the Older Child
Interview with Trish Maskew the author of "Our Own Adopting and Parenting the Older Child" Allison Martin

Preparing Families for Adoption of Instiutionalized Children with Special Needs and/or Children At Risk for Special Needs
Advice for parents on adopting children who are at risk for special needs. Dr. Victor Groza and Daniela F. Ileana

International Adoption and Lessons Learned from Romania
In this interview, Dr.Victor Groza discusses how you can prepare for international adoption and provides an overview of the impacts of institutionalism. Allison Martin

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Adoption Health and Medical Issues : Comeunity
Over 50 articles by doctors, adoption professionals and parents on Hepatitis B, lead, malnutrition, parasites, travel health, scabies, and other important medical health considerations for families adopting from Asia.

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