The Conundrum of Age Assignment for Children Adopted from Abroad

by Dr. Jane Aronson Introduction The establishment of age for children adopted from abroad can be challenging for parents and adoption professionals. When children have been left in a public place without a note, adults are forced to guess the age. For infants, this age assignment is pretty easy especially if there is a remnant of the umbilical cord. For older children it is more challenging and depends on the practical experience of those adults who find and place the child. Those families who receive referrals of children who come into care without a known birth date need to be mindful of cultural and clinical factors related to age assignment.

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