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EFFECTS OF INSTITUTIONALIZATION


THE RISKS OF INSTITUTIONALIZATION
LACK OF MEDICAL CARE

Institutional care presents many risks to growing children. Lack of medical care is a grave concern for many institutionalized children. Children's medical problems may be unrecognized by inattentive, overburdened caregivers, or, if recognized, there simply may be no money to pay for needed medications, surgeries, or other treatments. Orphanages throughout the world are filled with children with treatable or correctable medical conditions, even under local standards of care. These children may be consigned by their families to a lifetime of institutional care because of lack of resources to address their problems. For example, cleft lip/palates or club feet are not repaired, and hearing or other adaptive aids are not available.

 

From THE HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION MEDICINE by Laurie C. Miller. © 2004 by Oxford University Press, Inc. Used by Permission.

 

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