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Adoption Medicine

Caring for Children and Families

By American Academy of Pediatrics
Edited by Patrick W. Mason, MD, PhD, FAAP, Dana E. Johnson, MD, PhD, FAAP and Lisa Albers Prock, MD, MPH, FAAP

Adoption Medicine: Caring for Children and Families brings together contributions from leading child health professionals nationwide. It's replete with a wealth of adoption-specific information and insight you won't find anywhere else.

Look here for practical how-to guidance on helping adoptive parents prepare; conducting pre- and post-adoptive health evaluations; optimizing adoptees' personal growth and development; addressing emotional and behavioral problems of puberty and adolescence; identifying and accessing educational and community resources; and much more.

Real-life examples illustrate key counseling and treatment approaches, techniques, and recommendations.

A wealth of essential information and how-to guidance

Need-to-know "basics"

- The adoption process

- Historical perspectives

- Legal considerations

Pre-adoption considerations

- Screening procedures

- Prenatal substance exposure

- Genetics and psychiatric issues

- Neurobiology of risk and resilience

Post-adoption essentials

- Post-adoptive evaluation

- Immediate developmental and behavioral changes

Ongoing adoptee health and well-being

- Long-term developmental and behavioral issues

- Long-term consequences of child maltreatment

- Growth and puberty concerns

- Attachment issues

- Speech and language outcomes in international adoption

- Adoptive identity

- Working with schools

- Identifying and accessing support resources

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