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Within the last decade, the number of international adoptions has more than doubled. With this dramatic increase, a new set of medical issues face U.S. pediatricians and parents. This informative issue discusses the special medical needs and developmental problems internationally adopted children may encounter.
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|For Immediate Release
December 18, 2000
| Contact: Marie Rosenthal, Editor in Chief
Infectious Diseases In Children
856-848-1000, ext. 268
Diseases in Children Announces Special Feature:
Thorofare, NJ Within the last decade, the number of foreign adoptions has more than doubled in the United States. With this dramatic increase, new medical issues face U.S. pediatricians and parents. Infectious Diseases In Children, the Pediatricians No. 1 News Source, announces its special January issue "Medical Issues in International Adoptions." This unique feature will discuss the special medical needs and developmental problems facing internationally adopted children.
Although written for pediatricians, this special report may be of interest to adoptive parents and to the organizations that help parents to adopt foreign-born children. Because of this interest, Infectious Diseases In Children will make copies available to readers outside the medical profession.
Americans adopt more children from abroad than the citizens of all other countries combined, according to Mary A. Ryan, assistant secretary for consular affairs of the U.S. State Department. In 1999, Americans adopted more than 16,000 children from abroad, up from 7,093 children in 1990.
"With growth like this, its easy to see why theres a need to understand the medical issues related to international adoption," said Philip A. Brunell, MD, chief medical editor of Infectious Diseases in Children.
With the break-up of the Soviet bloc in the early 1990s, the largest number of international adoptees now come from Eastern Europe, with more than 15,000 children coming from Russia since 1992. Compare this to China, where 11,500 children have been adopted and Guatemala, where 3,900 children have been adopted in the same time.
Overall, most internationally adopted children have come from Asia, primarily Korea. Since 1955, more than 98,000 children have been adopted from South Korea alone.
"U.S. pediatricians should be aware of the special problems their international patients face when they arrive in the United States," said Dr. Brunell. "In addition, the pediatrician may play an early role before the child arrives in the U.S. by reviewing a childs medical records."
Marie Rosenthal, Editor in Chief of Infectious Diseases In Children, agreed. "Given the inconsistent level of medical care that children may receive before coming to the United States, pediatricians must be aggressive in screening these children for infectious diseases and developmental problems. Medical Issues in International Adoptions will help identify problem areas for pediatricians treating these children."
Bulk copies of "Medical Issues in International Adoptions" are available to agencies and attorneys as well as adopting parents at a special price. Single issues are also available. For information, contact SLACK Customer Service at 1-800-257-8290.
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