International Adoption Info

Newsletter #53 for Internationally Adopting Parents
March 22, 2007
PAL Center Inc.

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Four benefits of gardening for kids
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From Our Database

Is bilingualism good for my child?

The question of preserving the native language of an adopted child is necessarily on the mind of any internationally adopting parent. It's not an academic issues for them: the parents need to understand their options and make an intelligent choice for their child; and they will have to organize their new family accordingly to support this decision.
To help you understand current approach to bilingualism in children at large and internationally adopted children specifically, we publish several articles from our database, as well as selected on the Internet, to give you the necessary background data.

The general research on bilingualism is explained in the article, written specifically for parents by Kendall King and Lyn Fogle, Georgetown University in the article:
Raising Bilingual Children: Common Parental Concerns and Current Research

The research on the typical issues of internationally adopted children that may potentially effect their bilingualism is presented by Ruth Lyn Meese, Ph.D. in the article:
A Few New Children: Postinstitutionalized children of Intercountry Adoption

Boris Gindis, Ph.D. looks specifically at the state of native language of international adoptees and the potential consequences of international adoptee's specificity for their bilingualism. In his articles below

Cognitive, Language, and Educational Issues of Children Adopted from Overseas Orphanages

Pros and cons of keeping the native language of the adopted child

  • International adoptees are not bilingual
  • International adoptees have delays and weaknesses in their first language
  • International adoptees learn English in a different way than "typical" English language learners
  • International adoptees live in monolingual (English only) families

This specificity of internationally adopted children makes them different from children in immigrant families and it needs to be considered by the parents in their decision about bilingualism and many other issues of their newly adopted children.


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