1. Special Needs in Children

    1. Blood Conditions

      1. Blood Disorder
      2. Hemophilia
      3. Hepatitis B Positive
      4. Hepatitis C
      5. HIV Positive
      6. Lead Exposure
      7. Lymphedema
      8. Sickle Cell Anemia
      9. Thalassemia
    2. Chromosome Disorders

      1. Cystic Fibrosis
      2. Down Syndrome
      3. Genetic Syndrome
      4. PKU
      5. Teratoma
      6. Turner Syndrome
    3. Congenital Heart Defects

      1. Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
      2. Heart Defect
      3. Tetralogy of Fallot
    4. Craniofacial Conditions

      1. Apert Syndrome
      2. Cleft lip or palate
      3. Hemifacial Microsomia
    5. Developmental Needs

      1. Apraxia of Speech and Muteness
      2. Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD's)
      3. Cognitive Delays
      4. Failure to Thrive
      5. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
      6. Growth Delay
      7. Motor Delays
      8. Premature Birth
      9. Psychomotor Development Retardation (PDR)
      10. Speech Delay
    6. Digestive System Conditions

      1. Hernia
      2. Megacolon
    7. Hearing

      1. Deaf
      2. Hearing Impairment
      3. Microtia and Atresia
    8. Neurological Conditions

      1. Cerebral Palsy
      2. Dyskinesia
      3. Epilepsy
      4. Hydrocephalus
      5. Microcephaly
      6. Seizure Disorder/ Epilepsy
    9. Orthopedic Conditions

      1. Amniotic Band Syndrome / Missing Limbs
      2. Arthrogryposis
      3. Brachial Plexus Injury
      4. Club foot
      5. Digit Difference
      6. Dwarfism
      7. Flexion Deformity
      8. Funnel Chest / Pigeon Breast
      9. Limb Differences
      10. Osteogenesis Imperfecta
      11. Radial Club
      12. Rickets
      13. Scoliosis
      14. Spina Bifida
      15. Torticollis
      16. Wheelchair Dependent
      17. Wheelchair Dependent
    10. Other Considerations

      1. 9 Years Plus
      2. AGEING OUT
      3. Attachment Issues
      4. Second Placement
      5. Trauma
    11. Skin Conditions

      1. Albinism
      2. Burns
      3. Congenital Blue Nevus
      4. Congenital Nevi
      5. Eczema
      6. Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB)
      7. Hemangioma
      8. Ichthyosis
      9. Port Wine Stains
    12. Urogenital Conditions

      1. Ambiguous Genitalia
      2. Anal Atresia / Imperforate Anus
      3. Hypospadias
      4. Incontinence
      5. Kidney Issues
    13. Vision

      1. Blind
      2. Cataracts
      3. Lazy Eye / Amyblyopia
      4. Missing Eye
      5. Nystagmus
      6. Ptosis
      7. Strabismus
      8. Visual Impairment


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Cerebral Palsy

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Facts About Cerebral Palsy


When considering the adoption of a child with CP, there are medical factors to consider. You are not alone! Many families have adopted children with Cerebral Palsy. Read the stories and articles by following the links below.

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a general term that describes any disorder affecting body movement and muscle control. There are many types of CP and a variety of symptoms such as stiff contracted muscles, lack of muscle tone, lack of coordination, poor balance, and uncontrolled movements. It can affect one or two limbs, half the body, or the entire body. It can also affect a child’s ability to use their facial muscles causing difficulty eating or speaking. Children with CP can have a wide spectrum of abilities. Some children are only mildly affected, while others will have severe complications and limitations.

**Families considering adopting a child with cerebral palsy would benefit greatly by visiting this wonderful support site: Cerebral Palsy Guidance and their Facebook page

Cerebral Palsy Challenges

Children with Cerebral Palsy are most often of normal intelligence. CP does not worsen and treatment is available to manage its symptoms. CP can affect any combination of arms and legs, as well as the head and trunk.

Cerebral Palsy Treatment

Children with cerebral palsy can benefit from several areas of treatment.

  • Physical Therapy: PT can help your child strengthen and stretch weak muscle groups. This will also help with flexibility, balance, motor development and mobility.
  • Occupational Therapy: OT can help your child use adaptive equipment such as a walker, wheelchair or cane to gain as much independence as possible.  
  • Speech Therapy: Speech-language therapy can help your child strengthen the muscles necessary to speak. A therapist may also help your child use alternative communication methods, such as an electronic communication device, if speech is too difficult.
  • Surgery: Surgery can be used to help stretch tendons and muscles, lessoning contractures and reducing pain.

Cerebral Palsy Prognosis

The long-term prognosis for a child cerebral palsy depends on the cause and severity of need. Many children with CP are able to live full and independent lives.

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