International Adoption Resources

International Adoption Resources

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On this page you will find resources relating to international adoption:

ADHD
Attachment
Birth Parent Discussion
Cultures
Depression
Infertility
Languages
Local Resource Information
Medical Issues
Parenting
Resources
Sensory Integration
Transracial Adoption

ADHD
  • Link to ADHD Resources
    Location: Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder
    Synopsis: Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) is a national non-profit organization founded in 1987 in response to the frustration and sense of isolation experienced by parents and their children with AD/HD.

    Link to ADHD Resources
    Location: www.adhd.com
    Synopsis: This web site provides pointers on getting help for your child with ADHD. It gives great resources such as your rights, how to be a child's advocate, and educational resources.

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Attachment
  • Article Reviewed/Recommended by Gladney Staff & Clients
    Title & Author: Adoption Advocate No. 68: "Will I Love Her?": Love and Attachment in Adoption, by Daniel Nehrbass, Ph.D.
    Synopsis: Many families considering adoption wonder about what life will be like if they adopt a child, and their capacity to care and provide for that child—particularly if she or he is older, has experienced neglect or trauma, or has special needs. In the February 2014 issue of NCFA's Adoption Advocate, "Will I Love Her?": Love and Attachment in Adoption, Dr. Daniel Nehrbass shares his personal thoughts and reflections about the capacity for and characteristics of parental love.
  • Books Reviewed/Recommended by Gladney Staff & Clients
    Title & Author: Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today's Parents, by Deborah Gray
    Synopsis: Many adopted children come to their families at an older age. Their adoptive parents need help in understanding how prior experiences and changes in caregivers, culture, language, and more can create challenges for children trying to form attachments in their new families. This book provides advice about obtaining a proper diagnosis, building a caring professional team, using various approaches to parenting and teaching, and finding a therapist who is adequately informed, prepared, and experienced.

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Birth Parent Discussion
  • Link to Discussion Birth Parents with Child Resources
    Location: Family Services Conference Call
    Synopsis: As parents, we want the very best for our children. Many of the questions we receive are on how to present difficult subjects about a child's background with the child and, at what age.
     
Cultures
  • Books Reviewed/Recommended by Gladney Staff & Clients
    Title & Author: Dim Sum, Bagel and Grits: A Sourcebook for Multicultural Families, by Myra Alperson
    Synopsis: How many times do you celebrate the New Year at home? Just once? If your family is Jewish, Chinese, and a few other things besides, you might celebrate twice or even three times a year! As the rate of cross-cultural adoption grows in the United States, new traditions are emerging. This book offers personal as well as professional insights into such topics as combining cultures, confronting prejudice, developing role models, and locating multicultural resources.

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Depression
  • Articles Reviewed/Recommended by Gladney Staff & Clients
    Title: After Placement
    Location: Gladney E-News
    Synopsis: I know we all have heard about Post Partum Depression, but what about Post Placement Depression? Post Placement Depression is common for families to experience after placement.

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Infertility
  • Articles by Gladney Staff & Clients
    Title: Infertility: How To Respond When Those Closest to You Are Clueless?
    Location: Gladney Articles
    Synopsis: "Nobody seems to understand that everything I do, every single day, is related to trying to get pregnant," a woman stated in a discussion group to help women cope. Last spring, I had an opportunity to participate in a discussion with a group of women, all courageously sharing their experiences of struggling through varying stages of infertility-related challenges.

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Languages
  • Languages Resource
    Location: www.123language.com
    Synopsis: This site is an online store that specializes in language products, such as translators.

    Languages Resource
    Location: www.allvirtualware.com
    Synopsis: This site sells software for translating documents into different languages. They have many different languages, but have specially advertised Russian and Ukrainian software. Some of these products are downloadable upon payment.
     

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Local Resource Information
  • Subject: Local Medical Resources
    Description: Gladney Family Association Referrals
    Synopsis: Gladney Family Association provides names of local professional resources for specific medical referrals. Please send an email to Gladney Family Association Referral requesting a referral in your area.

    Subject: Local Educational Resources
    Description: Gladney Family Association Referrals
    Synopsis: Gladney Family Association provide names of local professional resources for specific educational referrals such as day cares, schools, tutors, SAT coaching. Please send an email to Gladney Family Association Referral requesting a referral in your area.

    Subject: Local Psychological/Counseling Resources
    Description: Gladney Family Association Referrals
    Synopsis: Gladney Family Association provide names of local professional resources for psychological/counseling referrals. Please send an email to Gladney Family Association Referral requesting a referral in your area.

    Subject: Other Referral Services
    Description: Gladney Family Association Referrals
    Synopsis: Gladney Family Association provide names of local services such as babysitters. Please send an email to Gladney Family Association Referral requesting a referral in your area.

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Medical Issues
  • Articles Reviewed/Recommended by Gladney Staff & Clients
    Title: The Second Glance at Institutional Autism in Internationally Adopted Children
    Location: International Adoption Articles Directory
    Synopsis: In short, there is a common "package" of symptoms associated with all developmental disabilities, but it is significantly “amplified” in post-institutional adoptees. As was already pointed out, “learned” autism may have many symptoms in common with other developmental disabilities and may be similar to organic-based autism.

    Medical Resource
    Location: Children's Medical Center
    Description: The International Adoption Medicine program at Children's Medical Center offers comprehensive medical evaluations and information for families, and consultations for the doctors who care for them.
    More Information: Children's Medical Center

    Articles Reviewed/Recommended by Gladney Staff & Clients
    Title: Medical Issues in Internationally Adopted Children
    Location: adoption.com
    Synopsis: This page, a part of adoption.com, is a nice general overview of potential medical problems faced by children adopted internationally. It discusses, briefly, HIV/Hepatitis, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, and Sensory Integration Disorder. It talks about general signs that parents could look for before placement of the child, as well as after. This page is very upfront without trying to scare readers.

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Parenting
  • Articles Reviewed/Recommended by Gladney Staff & Clients
    Title: Raising Confident Sons Who Have Respect for Others
    Location: News Articles
    Author Bio: Peggy Drexler, Ph.D., a research psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, is the author of “Raising Boys Without Men” (Rodale, 2005) and a former gender scholar at Stanford University. For more information visit www.peggydrexler.com.

    Articles Reviewed/Recommended by Gladney Staff & Clients
    Subject: Parenting
    Title: Back to School: Tips for School Success
    Location: Gladney's Bright Futures Newsletter
    Synopsis: What can you do to ease your child's school days? How can you empower your child and his teacher? Do you tell the teacher that he is adopted? How do you handle adoption-related assignments? Should you help his teacher become more adoption friendly?

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Resources
  • Books Reviewed/Recommended by Gladney Staff & Clients
    Title & Author: Risk and Promise: A Handbook for Parents Adopting a Child from Overseas,, by (Drs.) IJ Chasnoff, LD Schwartz, CL Pratt, GJ Neuberger
    Synopsis: is an incredibly quick read which does a marvelous job of providing a succinct and comprehensive overview of the risk factors facing an internationally adopted child. Designed for prospective adoptive parents, the goal of the handbook is to make parents aware of challenges their child may face and to assist them in identifying those issues, thereby making decisions as to whether a referred child is the best fit for their family and intervening as needed to help their child once they arrive home. Practical worksheets and tips are given to assist families through the travel, referral, and post placement processes. In addition to giving practical information about medical issues, such as hepatitis, TB, and prenatal health of the child and birth mother, the authors also succinctly describe several of the other common risk factors many internationally adopted children experience, namely attachment issues, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, ADHD, and sensory integration dysfunction. I appreciate their clear descriptions which cover the salient points of all these issues, and I highly recommend this book to adoptive parents at all phases of the process.

    Books Reviewed/Recommended by Gladney Staff & Clients
    Title & Author: Adoption in Schools: Resources for Parents and Teachers, by Lansing Wood and Nancy Ng
    Synopsis: From tots to teens, school can often be a challenge for the adopted child. Sometimes it's "simply" a matter of educating the educators about adoption, diversity, inclusion, language, and special educational needs. Sometimes you need to go further and tackle deeply-held traditional practices and policies. Either way, this book will help you and your child's teachers make school a better place for your adopted child.

    Books Reviewed/Recommended by Gladney Staff & Clients
    Title & Author: One Wonderful You, by Francie Portnoy
    Synopsis: For an adopted child, forming a healthy identity requires incorporating two family legacies into his or her self-definition. ONE WONDERFUL YOU shows how the child is a blend of two families: the physical traits and many of the personality traits that come from the birth family plus the nurturing contributions from the adoptive family, combining to form a complete person. This is a positive, feel-good book for adopted children.

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Sensory Integration
  • Sensory Integration Resources
    Location: www.sinetwork.org
    Synopsis: This site is full of general information about Sensory Process Disorder (SPD), also know as sensory integration disorder. It gives a clear definition of what exactly SPD is and discusses some of the subtypes of the disorder. The site gives signs of the major subtypes for parents to use as a guide. It also answers some basic questions about how to get an assessment for a child who may have SPD and what type of Occupational Therapy is needed for treatment. Areas of the site are still being added to, but it is very user friendly. It does list some specialists from different states that work with SPD children. The lists are small mainly because the specialist has to add themselves, but it is a place to start. It also lists some support groups around the US for parents.

    Sensory Integration Resources
    Location: www.out-of-sync-child.com
    Synopsis: This site is to promote the book The Out of Sync Child. It shares why the author, Carol Stock Kranowitz, decided to write a book on this subject. It does list other possible resources, such as magazines. There is a page about the Balzer-Martin Preschool Screening Program. Overall there is very little information to pull from this website. It is however very user friendly, but the small type is hard to read after a while.

    Sensory Integration Resources
    Location: www.sensoryresources.com
    Synopsis: This is an online store that specializes in resources, i.e. books, tapes and videos, about sensory integration and processing problems. It also has a list of workshops that are coming up on different sensory topics.

    Sensory Integration Resources
    Location: www.sensorytools.net
    Synopsis: This is a product website. It is selling activity books that specialize in working with young sensory disorder children. The books seem appropriate for children from 2 years to 6 years in age. The books have rhymes and songs with actions to build motor skills.

    Sensory Integration Resources
    Location: www.southpawenterprises.com
    Synopsis: This website is an online catalogue of toys and other products for children with Sensory Integration Dysfunction.

    Sensory Integration Resources
    Location: www.theraproducts.com
    Synopsis: This website is an online catalogue of toys and other products for children with developmental problems including Sensory Integration Dysfunction. Not all products have pictures to see what they look like.

    Sensory Integration Resources
    Location: www.tfhusa.com
    Synopsis: This website is an online catalogue of toys and other products for children with Sensory Integration Dysfunction. There are also some articles about kids that have used their products and that helped them.

    Articles Reviewed/Recommended by Gladney Staff & Clients
    Title: The Little Girl Who Loved to Swing
    Location: library.adoption.com
    Synopsis: This article is written by a mother of a child with Sensory Integration disorder (SI). It is a nice article that takes parents through what a mother felt and how she dealt with SI in her daughter. This article explains what SI is in layman's terms, so that everyone can understand what is going on in their child. It discusses the signs, the feelings her daughter was having, the assessment that needs to be done and the treatment for SI. Being part of adoption.com, it is very user friendly. It is a little longer then most other articles, but easy to read.

    Articles Reviewed/Recommended by Gladney Staff & Clients
    Title: Short Articles Written by Parents
    Location: www.comeunity.com
    Synopsis: This website has a series of short articles written by parents with children who have sensory integration problems. They give some good practical suggestions for oral and tactile defensiveness problems. There is also a short interview with Carol Kranowitz, the author of "The Out-of-Sync Child". The articles are listed on this website with a sentence summary. Just click on what interest you and find the full article. Most are a page or less.

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Transracial Adoption
  • Books Reviewed/Recommended by Gladney Staff & Clients
    Title & Author: Inside Transracial Adoption, by Gail Steinberg and Beth Hall
    Synopsis: The authors provide reactive, confident, pro-active, and provocative guidance both for prospective parents who are considering transracial adoption for the first time and also for those who are experienced veterans. This book offers direction for building close, loving, and very real families consisting of individuals who are proud and culturally competent members of differing races.

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Please note: Referral lists are provided by Gladney Family Association families who have used the services of these professionals, and not a recommendation of these professionals by the Gladney Center. The links are provided as useful resources and not recommendation of the site, person, or product.

This page last updated on Saturday September 24, 2011

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