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NCJ Number: 158343 Find in a Library
Title: Children With Prenatal Alcohol and/or Other Drug Exposure: Weighing the Risks of Adoption
Author(s): S B Edelstein; J Howard; R Tyler; G Waldinger; A Moore
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 120
Sponsoring Agency: Child Welfare League of America, Inc.
Arlington, VA 22202-4801
Publication Number: ISBN 0-87868-630-4
Sale Source: Child Welfare League of America, Inc.
2345 Crystal Drive
Suite 250
Arlington, VA 22202-4801
United States of America
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Just as the decision to adopt should be made with thought and care, the decision to adopt a child with prenatal alcohol and/or other drug exposure should be made only after consideration of the added challenges.
Abstract: Designed primarily for professionals, the book offers practical suggestions and recommendations to help individuals decide whether to adopt a child who has been prenatally exposed to alcohol and/or other drugs. The book is intended to fill information gaps on issues faced by adoption workers and prospective adoptive parents, recognizing that information is limited on children prenatally exposed to alcohol and/or other drugs and on preadoption counseling for individuals who are considering adopting a child with prenatal substance exposure. Data on prenatal substance abuse indicate that over 4.8 million women of childbearing age use illicit drugs and that between 554,000 and 739,000 infants are born each year with prenatal exposure to alcohol and/or other drugs. Ways in which these infants and children enter the adoption process are identified, and practical intervention strategies for working with infants, toddlers, and older children are described. Limitations of existing research on prenatal substance exposure are discussed, as well as the health and development of infants and children who have been exposed to alcohol and/or other drugs in utero and unique considerations for prospective parents who are contemplating the adoption of special needs children. References
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child abuse; Child victims; Children of alcoholics; Children of drug abusers; Courts; Pregnant drug abusers; Special needs children; Studies of adopted children
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