Interventions for internationally adopted children and families: A review of the literature

Janet A. Welsh, Andres G. Viana, Stephen A. Petrill, Matthew D. Mathias

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Internationally adopted (IA) children are at increased risk for health-related, developmental, and behavioral difficulties. This article reviews the literature on various interventions currently used with IA populations; including health-related interventions provided by medical specialists, preparation programs provided by adoption agencies and other social service organizations, treatments for attachment and behavioral disorders, psychoeducational services, programs designed to improve children's care prior to adoption, and parent-based initiatives. Surprisingly, very little systematic information exists regarding the effectiveness of interventions designed to prevent and remediate these difficulties in IA children. Recommendations for future research activity and for best practice approaches to intervention are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-311
Number of pages27
JournalChild and Adolescent Social Work Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • General Social Sciences


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