Before perspective adoptive parents can accept a match, they must weight a variety of medical and legal issues. What risks should parents consider and how do parents know if a match is right for them? In this course, we interview James Fletcher Thompson, an adoption attorney in South Carolina and a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys since 1993; and Dr. Lisa Prock, a pediatrician specializing in adoption medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard University, about the legal and medical risks in domestic infant adoption.

This course covers the following topics:

  • Is it possible to adopt on your own, or do you have to use an adoption agency or adoption attorney to adopt a baby?
  • What is the difference between an agency, attorney, facilitator, and consultant?
  • What is meant by an adoption-friendly state? Is there a state that is better than others to try to find an expectant mom who may want to place her child for adoption?
  • What are the different time periods that expectant parents or birth parents have to change their mind?
  • Is it possible for a birth family to get the child back after an adoption is complete?
  • What are some of the legal issues with birth fathers?
  • What are some red flags adoptive families should be wary of when adopting a baby in the US?
  • What are the most dangerous drugs or substances that an expectant woman can take as far as impact on the fetus and baby?
  • What is the impact of alcohol on a fetus and baby, both short term and long term?
  • What is the impact of opiates (prescription and non-prescription) on a fetus and baby, both short term and long term?
  • What is the impact of methadone on a fetus and baby, both short term and long term?
  • What is the impact of heroin on baby, both short term and long term?
  • What is the impact of methamphetamines on a baby, both short term and long term?
  • If the birth mother stopped using drugs and drinking when she found out she was pregnant, will the baby be spared the worst of the impact?
  • What are the risks to the baby if the mother has Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C?
  • What is the heritability of certain mental illnesses?
  • Is ADHD inheritable?
  • Should adoptive parents worry if the expectant mom has not had prenatal care?


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