Newsletter #2 for Internationally Adopting Parents
January 22, 2006
PAL Center Inc.

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International Adoption Articles Directory

Boris Gindis, Ph. D.
Initial adjustment of a school-age internationally adopted child
to the new family

It is difficult to imagine something that could be comparable to the complexity of the adjustment experience of a school-age child adopted internationally. Try to envision yourself amid a completely unfamiliar social/cultural milieu, being bombarded by thousands of novel auditory and visual experiences, and, on top of this, being handed over to adult strangers who are now part of something you may have never experienced before, called "family." That is what internationally adopted (IA) children are going through as soon as they land on American soil.

There are physical, cultural, and emotional/behavioral aspects of the adjustment that the IA children need to make Read more

Deanna Mascle
Do you show your love to your child?

Show-and-Tell in various forms is a popular feature of many preschool classrooms. When you watch children making their presentation you understand the popularity of show-and-tell. Kids love to talk about their interests and passions but they love to share those interests and passions even more.

Love is the biggest show-and-tell of them all and you need to make it a part of your every day life. Read more


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  • Medical insurance and the adopted child by Alla Gordina, MD, FAAP
    Medical insurance questions are equally painful both for families and for medical providers. As far as I can understand, adoption and birth have to be equal in the eyes of the insurance providers. Adopted children have to be covered beginning THE DAY of the official adoption - therefore the court date is the date of the effective coverage. By law, parents have only 30 days to report their "new arrival" and within those 30 days the child is supposed to be covered RETRO-ACTIVELY...

  • Post-adoption vaccinations by Alla Gordina, MD, FAAP
    We returned with our daughter in late July and our pediatrician has told us to get all her immunization and shots redone because he doesn't trust the Russian records. I guess it's the safe thing to do, although that means 2 needles for the next month for five months. Has anyone else encountered this?

  • Post-adoption medical examination by George Rogu M.D.
    What are the recommended screening tests and evaluations for a newly adopted post institutionalized child? In children that are internationally adopted, extensive screening tests are performed because of a multitude of reasons. These screening tests are recommended by the Pediatric Red Book of Infectious disease and the Academy of Pediatrics...

  • Initial developmental evaluation of an internationally adopted child: is it important? by Boris Gindis, Ph.D.
    A psycho-educational assessment of a child in the native language has not yet become a standard procedure for every older internationally adopted child, but its value is difficult to overestimate. Dr. Gindis explains why and when parents should request such evaluation.

  • What does my child need: neuropsychological or psycho-educational assessment? by Boris Gindis, Ph.D.
    On arrival to the US with their newly adopted child or later on, when certain problems require parents to go to professionals for a developmental evaluation of the child, many parents are faced with the dilemma: who is the right professional for the evaluation of an internationally adopted child and what can different specialists offer?
    Dr. Gindis explains the difference between neuropsychological or psycho-educational assessments of an internationally adopted child and helps you understand which professional you should look for.