Evaluations for internationally adopted children frequently are requested because of possible risk factors for developmental delay or difficulties (e.g., the health and nutritional status of the biological mother, birth history, abuse or neglect, attachment issues). Children from domestic adoptions also may share some of the same risk factors. Understanding the unique needs of adopted children is critical to providing an insightful assessment that will assist not only the child’s needs, but also those of the adoptive parents and family.
An adoption evaluation provides information regarding the child’s current level of functioning in several skill areas (e.g., motor, cognitive, language and social/emotional). Being able to identify areas of delay in order to qualify for early intervention can be extremely helpful to adopted children because it allows them a starting point for better learning and developmental growth over time. Future evaluations then can examine and track how the child is making progress, growing developmentally and where further intervention can help. As with all our assessments, areas of strength also are discovered so that they can be built on to assist with the areas that aren’t as strong – the client’s overall picture is examined in order to best help maximize his/her potential.