INTRODUCTION - continued
The possibility of prenatal drug exposure raises several questions for internationally adopted children. Most important are concerns about the effects of prenatal drug exposure on the child's growth, development, and behavior and whether adoption ameliorates these effects. In addition, adoptive parents often wonder if prenatal drug exposure increases the likelihood that the child will later become involved with drugs.
In this course, information about drug abuse in sending countries will be reviewed. Current knowledge of the effects of prenatal drug exposure on the child will be described, with a focus on adoption studies. Adoption studies that address the possibility of drug addiction in the offspring of drug-abusing mothers will be reviewed, along with recommendations for prospective pediatric monitoring of drug-exposed children.