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Child + Adolescent Psychiatry

Foster Care/Adoption/International Trauma

Overview

New Home, New Concerns?

The arrival of a new child can be an exciting time. But just as you must adapt to this transition, so must help your child adjust to a new family, new home, and possibly even a new country and culture. Children who have been adopted, particularly from overseas, are also at higher risk for emotional and behavioral issues due to previous neglect, prolonged orphanage living and other causes.

Led by John Sargent, MD, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Tufts Medical Center’s Floating Hospital for Children, our skilled clinicians can help adoptive parents and their children cope with these concerns. Drawing on his expertise in adoption and international trauma, Dr. Sargent will work with your family to evaluate and address these and other needs specific to adopted children, including curiosity about birth parents and home country, trouble fitting in and a lost sense of belonging.

Meeting the Challenges of Foster Care

Children in foster care also face special challenges, including poor continuity of care, previous abuse and neglect and repeated disruptions, which can result in emotional and behavioral problems. At the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Floating Hospital for Children, we are dedicated to helping foster children, both onsite and in the community. We collaborate with schools, state agencies and other organizations to ensure that these children get the care they need.

Named a “Top Doctor” by US News & World Report, Christopher Bellonci, MD, is a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist with a special interest in foster children. As the Senior Psychiatric Consultant at Walker, a Needham, Massachusetts-based multiservice agency that works with children experiencing severe emotional and behavior disorders, many of whom are in the foster system, he helps deliver the exceptional care you’ve come to expect from Tufts Medical Center to the community.


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