Testing knowledge based on age…

28 Oct
This is specifically for adoptive parents and prospective adoptive parents who may stumble upon this blog.  I was told that the average age of mothers who surrender is now around 25 so that is the age I want you to base your answers from:
When you were 25…
  1. Were your mom and dad alive?
  2. Were both healthy and active?
  3. Did either have hereditary diseases that you knew about and their age at diagnosis?
  4. What about your aunts and uncles were they all alive?
  5. Were they all healthy and active?
  6. Did any of them have hereditary diseases that you knew about and their age at diagnosis? 
  7. If any of them had passed away did you know at what age and from what?
  8. Were all your grandparents alive?
  9. Were they all healthy?
  10. Did any of them have hereditary diseases that you knew of and the age at diagnosis?
  11. Siblings?  Same questions as above.
I would be willing to bet that quite a few would not have had the answers to all these questions…
Now try answering the questions above based on your current age and knowledge.  Could you answer more and in greater detail?  Now consider how much more you may have in another 10 or 20 years…
Again, I would be willing to bet you know more now than you did at 25 because your family health history has evolved and you have become more aware of your own mortality and what you may face based on your own dna.
So just how valid do you think your childs family health history will be when your child is 50 and there are 50+ years of data that is missing?
Don’t you think it is time for change to happen?  
If you are adopting tell your adoption agency that a ‘one time’ medical history form filled out is not okay. 
If you have already adopted ask your agency how they propose you get the information if your child (at any age) is lying in a hospital bed and need current info…
Don’t bury your head in the sand and ‘hope’ it will never happen to your child.

Posted by on October 28, 2010 in Uncategorized


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2 responses to “Testing knowledge based on age…

  1. shadowtheadoptee

    October 28, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    I wish I could get people to understand just how important that family medical history really is. Too many take it for granted and find out too late.

    Mya I add, to anybody reading, who has a reliquished family member out there, even if you have searched or reunited, notify the appropriate agency and give that medical history just in case someone ever needs it.


  2. The adopted ones

    October 29, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I know it just frustrates me no end. People really want to believe it will not happen to their child. I was incredibly healthy and then one day – literally my world changed forever. Knowledge would have made the difference.

    Really good point about notifying the agency and the adoptees / adoptive parents should also check in regularly as well because highly unlikely they will ever say – we got an update.



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