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Families and Adoption: The Pediatrician's Role in Supporting Communication
Deborah Borchers, MD, and Committee on Early Childhood, Adoption, and Dependent Care
Pediatrics Vol. 112 No. 6 December 2003

     Each year, more children join families through adoption. Pediatricians have an important role in assisting adoptive families in the various challenges they may face with respect to adoption. The acceptance of the differences between families formed through birth and those formed through adoption is essential in promoting positive emotional growth within the family. It is important for pediatricians to be informed about adoption and to share this knowledge with adoptive families. Parents need ongoing advice with respect to adoption issues and need to be supported in their communication with their adopted children.

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