The Outcomes Of The Adoption Of Children With Special Needs

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The outcomes of the adoption of children with special needs, Rosenthal stated,” “that Barth and Berry concluded,” that adoption offers far more stability and benefits than long-term foster care replacement.’ “Indeed, stability may be the greatest advantage of adoption.” “Risks increase with age.” The Colorado Department of Social Service from 1981 to 1984, the mean age of children whose adoption were disrupted was 8.8 years, while that for children whose adoptions remained intact was 4.4 years. Rosenthal says,” Urban Systems Research estimated the national disruption rate for special needs children being between six percent and twenty percent. Rosenthal stated, “that Kadushin and Martin studies of disruptions of infant, 34,499 placements…show more content…
“Even children adopted in infancy have been found to have moderately higher risks for having a disruptive behavior disorder as adolescents” (Keyes, Sharma, Elkins, Iacono and McGue, 2008).
“Clinics specializing in the physical health needs of adopted children have been established in many large cities, making adoption medicine a new specialty” (Nicholson, 2002; Tuller, 2001). Analysis of the 2003 National Survey of Children’s Health found that adopted children are more likely than biological children (i.e., children living with at least one biological parent) to have special health care needs, moderate or severe health problems, developmental delay or physical impairment, learning disability, and other mental health difficulties. Parents of adopted children were more than five times more likely than parents of biological children to report ever being told that their child had a developmental delay or physical impairment (16% versus 3%). Rosenthal states, that Bramlett, Radel, and Blumberg in 2007 study says, “nearly 20% of adopted children were reported by their parents to have moderate to severe current health problems compared with 7% of biological children, and 37% of adopted children had special health care needs as compared with 17% of biological
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