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Adopted Children with Special Health Care Needs: National Survey Findings

January 21, 2012 Comments off
Source:  National Council for Adoption
In 2008, there were over 400,000 adopted CSHCN, representing 39 percent of all adopted children. Previous analyses based on the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NSCSHCN),have shown that adopted CSHCN are more likely than the broader population of all CSHCN to be identified as CSHCN on the basis of elevated need for services; physical, occupational, and/or speech therapy; behavioral, developmental, and/or emotional problems requiring treatment or counseling; or limitation inactivity (but not on the basis of elevated prescription medication use). Additionally, they are more likely than the general population of CSHCN to meet multiple screening criteria (Bramlett & Radel, 2008). Almost half of adopted CSHCN were adopted from foster care, one in three was adopted from private domestic sources, and the remaining CSHCN were adopted internationally; see Figure1. Survey findings indicate that the majority of adopted CSHCN have parents who are satisfied with their adoption experience and their relationship with their child,and also perceive their child as having a positive view of adoption. Differences do emerge across adoption types, including variation in the types of services received after adoption and need for additional services.

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