About Individual Needs
With respect to adoption, “special needs” is frequently used to describe the specific needs a child may have. These needs may be related to a child’s age, health, background, or development; or may be related to a child having siblings that are in need of adoption as well. For example, older children with no known health conditions are often considered "special needs" simply because their age can make it more difficult to find a family for them. WACAP often uses the term “individual needs” to better reflect the range of "special needs" a child may have.
Are you considering adopting a child with individual needs? Begin your research with links to general medical information and other resources. You will find various children's health support groups on Yahoo! and Facebook. Some online support groups are private and require preapproval from the group owner in order to join.
For additional information, we suggest looking at RainbowKids.com, the Dave Thomas Foundation, or using a search engine such as Yahoo! or Google.
WACAP is unable to endorse any company, organization, or product that is listed on external sites - or to verify the accuracy of information provided by these sources. Rather, WACAP encourages families to discuss all medical information obtained from any source with their health care providers.
Please contact WACAP's Family Finders department if you would like to speak with a parent who has adopted an older child or a child with a specific medical or developmental need. For example, if you are considering adopting a child with a certain condition, you might find it helpful to speak with an experienced family who has already adopted a child with the same condition. WACAP is happy to provide this resource to you.