International Adoption Info

Newsletter #103 for Internationally Adopting Parents
February 5, 2009
PAL Center Inc.


Cradle of Hope Adoption Center is now recruiting host families for its Bridge of Hope for Russian Children 2009 summer hosting program.

Contact BOHRC Director
Patrice Gancie
by email
or tel. 301-587-4400

to receive a BOHRC information packet and for details on the program and upcoming information sessions in
Mid-Hudson and Long Island New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Washington DC area, and Chicago.

Application deadline for host families is March 15. You can read more about BOHRC at

A new bilingual (Russian/English) speech/language pathologist joins our Bilingual Extension

Tatyana Elleseff, MA CCC-SLP

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Abrupt native language loss in
international adoptees

From the limited research it transpires that language attrition in international adoptees follows the general pattern found in bilingual children from immigrant families: literacy skills disappear first (in older children), then expressive language, and after that receptive language. The study of the specifics of the linguistic mechanism, dynamic and patterns of first language attrition in international adoptees is still in its embryonic phase. The psycho-educational consequences of first language loss in this population have been studied even less, even though these issues have tremendous practical significance.

What do we know so far?

B. Gindis, Ph. D.
Abrupt native language loss in international adoptees

More articles on language issues can be found in the International Adoption Articles Directory in the category of "Language issues".

Internet Digest

Graham Grant
'They say we're too old to care for our grandchildren'
Two young children are to be adopted by a gay couple, despite the protests of their grandparents. The devastated grandparents were told they would never see the youngsters again unless they dropped their opposition.

UK, US Women Using DNA Exam To Find If Child Is Husband’s
Paternity tests are being carried out by DNA laboratories on unborn children while they are still in the womb, enabling their mothers to abort them if they are the product of an extramarital affair. The service, known as a prenatal paternity test, is being used by hundreds of British women every year, according to one of the labs performing it. Most of the women opting for it have had affairs and are anxious to know whether the child they are carrying was fathered by their partner or their illicit lover.


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