Dr. Bledsoe and her husband authored an article for Pediatrics in Review (© 2004 American Academy of Pediatrics. All Rights Reserved) which:
- describes the changes in the demographic, medical, and developmental characteristics of internationally adopted children
- discusses the role of the pediatrician in assessing information made available to families prior to adoption of a child abroad
- lists conditions commonly seen in children adopted internationally and characterizes their medical, developmental, and social consequences
- describes the current understanding of the long-term medical, developmental, and emotional outcomes of international adoption
We recommend this article as an overview of international adoption, even if it was written for pediatricians:
Dr. Davies and Dr. Bledsoe have also had a review article published in Pediatric Clinics of North America (© 2005 Elsevier Inc. All Rights Reserved). The abstract of our article is as follows:
"Prenatal alcohol and drug exposures are a significant concern in many domestic and international adoptions. This article addresses the following substance exposures for children: alcohol, opiates, tobacco, marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamines. For each substance, we review the teratogenicity of the exposure and identify the spectrum of neurodevelopmental issues that can present in children exposed to this substance. Diagnosis of the spectrum of fetal alcohol outcomes is also discussed. When possible, we provide country-specific statistics on exposure risks for adopted children."
It's a lengthy, in-depth review that was written for other health care providers, but should also be accessible to parents, caregivers, and other adoption workers. We hope you find it helpful:
Dr. Davies and Dr. Bledsoe also co-authored an article with Dr. Susan Astley in 2016 on the essential role of growth deficiency in the diagnosis of FASDs.