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 Australia

Co-Sleeping and Dr Nick Carr Interview (ABC)
www.abc.net.au www.abc.net.au
Health: Australia, Behavioural and Emotional


Adoption law reforms desperately needed
www.heraldsun.com.au www.heraldsun.com.au
THE revelation that federal Labor senator Jacinta Collins gave up her baby when she was 19 provided an insight into how adoption can be a positive fruit of an unplanned pregnancy. That Jacinta's 30-year-old son was able to attend her swearing-in as the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing last month, as outlined in the Weekend Australian, was particularly touching. Nonetheless, the sad fact remains that in Australia today, our adoption laws have become among the worst in the developed world. For Australian families wanting to adopt a child the road is incredibly long. In 2011-12 there were only 333 adoptions in Australia: 149 of these were overseas adoptions, 129 were "known' adoptions (when the adoption formalises a pre-existing parental relationship) and only 55 were local adoptions. This number has fallen from 1494 in 1987, so there has been a 78 per cent drop in the numbers of adoptions in Australia over the past 25 years. Even though adoption rates are at an all-time low, there are significant numbers of Australian families wishing to adopt.
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Health: Australia


 Canada

Challenges Experienced by Intercountry Adopted Children
www.hrsdc.gc.ca www.hrsdc.gc.ca
Human Resources and Social Development Canada
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Health: Behavioural and Emotional, Canada


Internationally Adopted Children Hit Puberty Earlier, Study Finds
www.sciencedaily.com www.sciencedaily.com
Internationally adopted children can undergo puberty at an early age making them more susceptible to a variety of health risks as adults. But are internationally adopted children really more at risk? Read more...
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Health: Canada, Health


Adoption Articles Directory Website /showurl.php?url=773

Thalasemia
www.adoptionarticlesdirectory.com www.adoptionarticlesdirectory.com
Is this a life threatening ailment or a chronic medical condition that may be medically managed?
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Health: Adoption Articles Directory Website


AICAN Website /showurl.php?url=748

ADHD or Hyperarousal? Hyperactivity in Traumatised and Adopted Children
www.aican.org www.aican.org
Article by Debbie Jeffrey
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Health: AICAN Website, Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)


Calming Your Wild Child (and even the not-so-wild one)
www.aican.org www.aican.org
Article by Debbie Jeffrey
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Health: AICAN Website, Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)


Facilitating Attachment - Attachment Difficulties and Attachment Disorder in Adopted Children
www.aican.org www.aican.org
Article by Debbie Jeffrey
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Health: AICAN Website, Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)


Parents as Co-therapists: Treating Traumatised and Attachment Disordered Children (NSW Institute of Psychiatry Conference, 2004)
www.aican.org www.aican.org
Article by Debbie Jeffrey
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Health: AICAN Website, Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)


ATTACh Website /showurl.php?url=732



ATTACh Accepted Definitions on Attachment
www.attach.org www.attach.org
Health: ATTACh Website


Signs and Symptoms of Attachment Problems
www.attach.org www.attach.org
Health: ATTACh Website


The Importance of Attachment
www.attach.org www.attach.org
Health: ATTACh Website




What is Attachment?
www.attach.org www.attach.org
Health: ATTACh Website


Parenting

Parents should keep their children in rear-facing car seats at least until the age of four, according to a British study.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au www.theaustralian.news.com.au
Data from Sweden - where rear-facing seats for kids up to four is the norm - showed that some children in forward-facing booster seats who died in accidents could have survived had they been facing the other way round.
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Health: Parenting


 Language

The signs of speech and language delay in young internationally adopted children
www.adoptionarticlesdirectory.com www.adoptionarticlesdirectory.com
This article was inspired by a telephone consultation with a prospective parent concerned about a 3 year old child from South America, who she was considering for adoption.
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Health: Language


Newsgroups

Newsgroups dealing with Health Issues
www.aican.org www.aican.org
List of newsgroups on the AICAN website dealing with Health Issues
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Health: Newsgroups


 Education Material for Teachers & Parents

Making Space for Learning: Trauma Informed Practice in Schools  
www.childhood.org.au www.childhood.org.au
Experiences of elevated, prolonged stress or trauma rock the very core of children and young people. In these circumstances, children are overwhelmed with the internal reactions that race through their brains and bodies. They do anything to survive, not because they want to but because they need to. They shut down their feelings. They push away memories of pain. They stop relying on relationships around them to protect them. They stop trusting and believing in others.
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Health: Education Material for Teachers & Parents


Adoption Disruption

A Parent's Guide to Adoption Disruption and Dissolution
www.adopting.org www.adopting.org
Health: Adoption Disruption


Adoption Disruption in Western Australia  
www.aican.org www.aican.org
Health: Adoption Disruption


Adoption Disruption or Dissolution Sites
www.karensadoptionlinks.com www.karensadoptionlinks.com
Health: Adoption Disruption


Behavioural and Emotional

A Forever Family
www.a4everfamily.org www.a4everfamily.org
Health: Behavioural and Emotional


Beyond Consequences Institute
www.beyondconsequences.com www.beyondconsequences.com
Dedicated to providing solutions for families raising children with difficult behaviours
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Health: Behavioural and Emotional


Challenges Experienced by Intercountry Adopted Children
www.hrsdc.gc.ca www.hrsdc.gc.ca
Human Resources and Social Development Canada
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Health: Behavioural and Emotional, Canada


Childhood stress affects health years later, UW study says
www.madison.com www.madison.com
Children who spent their first years in institutions before being adopted by loving and affluent families still suffered long-term damage to their immune systems as a result of early emotional stress.
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Health: Behavioural and Emotional


Co-Sleeping and Dr Nick Carr Interview (ABC)
www.abc.net.au www.abc.net.au
Health: Australia, Behavioural and Emotional


Kuddle Kids Korner
www.kuddlekids.com www.kuddlekids.com
Health: Behavioural and Emotional


Promoting Attachment through the Senses
www.perspectivespress.com www.perspectivespress.com
Article by Patricia Irwin Johnston
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Health: Behavioural and Emotional


Raising Children
raisingchildren.net.au raisingchildren.net.au
Health: Behavioural and Emotional




Seven Lifelong Issues in Adoption
library.adoption.com library.adoption.com
Adoption is a lifelong, intergenerational process that unites the triad of birth families, adoptees, and adoptive families forever. Adoption, especially of adolescents, can lead to both great joy and tremendous pain.
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Health: Behavioural and Emotional


Study: Foreign-born kids have relatively few behavioral problems
www.holt.or.kr www.holt.or.kr
Health: Behavioural and Emotional


Understanding Race and Adoption
www.chswpirc.org www.chswpirc.org
Health: Behavioural and Emotional


Foster Care



 Health

Adopting hope: Center coordinates transfer of unused embryos to infertile couples
www.knoxnews.com www.knoxnews.com
Prospective parents sometimes see the National Embryo Donation Center as the crossroads of medicine and miracles.
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Health: Health


Families Who Adopt Should Use Extra Health Services, School Support: Experts
health.usnews.com health.usnews.com
A school project that requires a baby photo, classmates who tease, well-meaning counsellors who say the wrong thing, uncommon medical conditions -- these are just a few of the challenging issues families with adopted children experience in their day-to-day lives.

A new report summing up adoption research shows that the portrait of adoptive families in the United States is changing and so are the needs of those families, said lead author Dr. Faye Jones, a professor of paediatrics at the University of Louisville.

Jones said the research suggests that families would benefit if their paediatricians were more aware of their unique needs -- specialized counselling and emotional support, connections to other adoptive families and tutoring service recommendations, for example. Adoption experts say educating schools and communities would help too.

"The key point is that families and children are going through a lot of different types of adjustments and it doesn't stop when the papers are signed. It's a lifelong process," Jones said.
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Internationally Adopted Children Hit Puberty Earlier, Study Finds
www.sciencedaily.com www.sciencedaily.com
Internationally adopted children can undergo puberty at an early age making them more susceptible to a variety of health risks as adults. But are internationally adopted children really more at risk? Read more...
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Health: Canada, Health


Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)

Additional Symptoms of an Attachment Problem
www.a4everfamily.org www.a4everfamily.org
Parents of babies and toddlers have noted several symptoms of attachment problems in addition to those found on Dr. Buenning's infant list. As the child grows, some signs may disappear, only to be replaced by others. Many of the following symptoms can be found on checklists developed by other attachment therapists. Note: just a few of these symptoms may indicate a problem. Please consult with an attachment therapist if you have concerns about your child.
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Health: Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)


ADHD or Hyperarousal? Hyperactivity in Traumatised and Adopted Children
www.aican.org www.aican.org
Article by Debbie Jeffrey
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Health: AICAN Website, Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)


Ask the Doctor: Reactive Attachment Disorder
www.internationaladoptionstories.com www.internationaladoptionstories.com
Health: Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)


Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio
www.abcofohio.net www.abcofohio.net
Health: Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)


Attachment Disorder Support Group
adsg.syix.com adsg.syix.com
Information on attachment disorder, bonding, special needs children, real life testimonials, people, and much more
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Health: Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), Special Needs


Attachment theory (Wikipedia)
en.wikipedia.org en.wikipedia.org
Health: Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)


Books dealing with RAD
www.aican.org www.aican.org
List of book on the AICAN website dealing with Reactive Attachment Disorder
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Health: Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)


Calming Your Wild Child (and even the not-so-wild one)
www.aican.org www.aican.org
Article by Debbie Jeffrey
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Health: AICAN Website, Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)


Debbie Jeffrey's Attachment Information Pages
www.djeffrey.id.au www.djeffrey.id.au
Resources for people who care about and for troubled kids
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Health: Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)


Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (Wikipedia)
en.wikipedia.org en.wikipedia.org
An evidence-based treatment approach, found by two studies and several empirical articles to be effective for treatment of RAD
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Health: Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)


Experts for attachment disorder
www.marymead.org.au www.marymead.org.au
Marymead Child and Family Centre
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Health: Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)


Facilitating Attachment - Attachment Difficulties and Attachment Disorder in Adopted Children
www.aican.org www.aican.org
Article by Debbie Jeffrey
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Health: AICAN Website, Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)


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