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.
Are you considering adopting a child with individual needs? Begin your research. You will find various children's health support groups online as well as information about specific medical conditions. For additional information, we suggest looking at RainbowKids.com, the Dave Thomas Foundation, both of which are excellent resources.
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 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. 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.