Growth and development aspects of international adoption

Yehuda Seneckyl*, Gary Diamond, Tova Sapir, Dov Inbar

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With the increase in the number of children being adopted by Israeli families from abroad, the medical system has to face heretofore unfamiliar medical and developmental challenges. Many of the biological mothers of these children were substance abusers and suffered from a variety of illnesses and nutritional deficiencies during their pregnancy. Their infants and young children were placed in orphanages at a very young age. The ensuing emotional and environmental deprivation in many cases impacted negatively on their neurological, physical and emotional development. Whereas our previous survey dealt with the purely medical aspects of international adoption, the current review deals with the growth and developmental issues involved in raising these children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)694-697+717
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2003


  • Adoption
  • Child development
  • Fetal alcohol syndrome
  • International adoption
  • Orphanages
  • Precocious puberty


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