Adoption USA. A Chartbook Based on the 2007 National Survey of Adoptive Parents. Physical health


This section reports on six health indicators for adopted children, including their health status, having special health care needs, missing school due to illness or injury, having moderate or severe health difficulties, having asthma, or having been injured. It also presents four measures pertaining to health insurance and health care, factors that are not direct indicators of children’s health, but that are important for supporting their health. These include health insurance coverage, consistency of coverage, adequacy of insurance, and receipt of care in a medical home. For definitions of these measures, see the text boxes labeled “health measures” and “health insurance and health care measures.” Because the measures in this section are based on parents’ responses in the National Survey of Children’s Health, comparable data for children in the general population are also included. See Appendix Table 7 on page 64 for detailed data on each indicator.

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