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NCJ Number: 220603 Find in a Library
Title: Supporting Parents so That They Can Support Their Internationally Adopted Children: The Larger Challenge Lurking Behind the Fatality Statistics
Journal: Child Maltreatment  Volume:12  Issue:4  Dated:November 2007  Pages:381-382
Author(s): Megan Gunnar; Seth D. Pollak
Date Published: November 2007
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Grant Number: MH068857
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In responding to an article on child-abuse-and-neglect fatalities among internationally adopted children (see NCJ-220602), this article discusses the underlying issue of the failure of multiple systems to provide the support and help needed by families who adopt children internationally.
Abstract: The adoption agencies involved in the international placement of children with families should assess prospective parents' ability to manage the distinctive challenges faced by the adoption of a child from another culture, which may include a language barrier. Further, the agency should provide ongoing support and advice for the parents after the child has been placed in the home. Even the best adoption agencies, however, struggle with the conflict between adequately informing prospective parents about the challenges they will face and the desire to find homes for needy children. Pediatricians are another logical source of sound, independent advice; however, relatively few in the United States are trained in how to address the variety of issues that may arise in international adoptions. Although the number of international adoption clinics and pediatricians is increasing, they are not available in all States, and they are located primarily in major metropolitan areas. The school system could be another helpful resource for parents who have adopted children from other countries. These parents are often told, however, that the child should not be evaluated for special services until he/she is proficient in English. Psychological services for children and families are equally problematic. There is a shortage of clinical child psychologists and psychiatrists in the United States, and most of those who are in these professions have not received training in issues related to international adoption in general and postinstitutionalized children in particular. 12 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse prevention; Counseling; Foreign countries; Healthcare; Legal adoption; Parent education; Physicians role in crime prevention
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