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A FActSheet For FAmilieS U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Administration on Children, Youth and Families Children’s Bureau Child Welfare Information Gateway Children’s Bureau/ACYF 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW Eighth Floor Washington, DC 20024 703.385.7565 or 800.394.3366 Email: [email protected] www.childwelfare.gov July 1999 The estimates of children who are awaiting adop- tion (legally free) indicate that anywhere between 30 and 50% have a developmental disability. However, these children are not a homogeneous group. Their physical, cognitive and social charac- teristics may differ considerably. Each child’s diag- nosis and/or classiFcation are coupled with their individual uniqueness. Children with developmen- tal disabilities, like all children, beneFt from the Adopting Children With Developmental Disabilities WHaT’s insIdE: What is a developmental disability? Types of disabilities Challenges of adopting a child with develop- mental disabilities What parents say Sources of support and information
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Adopting Children With Developmental Disabilities www.childwelfare.gov ± This material may be freely reproduced and distributed. However, when doing so, please credit Child Welfare Information Gateway. Available online at www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/f_devdis.cfm. love and stability that come from belonging to permanent families. Families adopting children with develop- mental disabilities often have different moti- vations from those adopting healthy infants. Couples faced with infertility, who choose adoption as an option, are looking for a healthy baby and the opportunity to create their family. However, adoptive parents seeking children with disabilities have differ- ent goals and characteristics. These adoptive parents tend to already have large families with many biological children and/or other adopted or foster children. They see them- selves as successful parents equipped with the special skills necessary to parent a “chal- lenged” child. These adoptive families also tend to have had previous experience with health care professionals, school systems and administrators that helps them to navigate systems to advocate on behalf of their chil- dren. The parents know from their personal experience that every child is different and that all children have at least one dif²culty— some are just more serious than others. The motivation shifts for these families from wanting to adopt infants to form a family to providing for the quality of life for addi- tional family members. Families who have adopted children with developmental disabilities talk about the “incredible joy” the children bring to them. They describe them as having enriched
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  • Fall '10
  • DanielNavarro
  • The Land, Down syndrome, Mental retardation, Welfare information Gateway, Developmental Disabilities, Child Welfare Information, Children With Developmental Disabilities

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