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Q: My husband and I are hoping to adopt a sibling group (2-3). Understanding that each child is different, what are the chances that if the older child has FAS/FAE, or RAD, or ADDH issues that they all will to the same degree? Will the younger one have more issues than the older one? Are there any patterns?
A: There is no generic answer to your question for many reasons. I will list just a few of them to actually show that each child is different, as you have pointed out yourself.

The internationally adopted siblings almost always come from broken families and different fathers, thus they have different heredity; and the biological makeup and deceases of one child are not necessarily present in the other child, even if the condition would normally be passed from parents to children.

If the parents are the same, some conditions are more likely to be present in both siblings than others. For example, with the mental retardation in the parent(s) and in one of the children the chances are significantly higher that the other sibling may be retarded too.

There are diseases, such as FAS/FAE syndrome that are not hereditary, so, even if the mother is an alcoholic, the FAS/FAE condition is not necessarily present in her child, though the chances are pretty high.

One interesting thing in relation to conditions, present in a child because of the mother's alcohol/narcotics abuse, is a pattern of parental behavior. For example, if the mother did not abuse alcohol during her pregnancy with the first child, this child may be fine in this respect, but the next one is already not so lucky, because she had indulged into the habit by that time. Can it be the other way around (she dropped the habit after the first child's birth)? It's unlikely with the internationally adopted children: they would not be up for adoption if it was the case.



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