I adopted a child that was born dependent on heroin. Ask me anything!
I am doing this AMA in hopes of answering any questions people might have about taking in a child born with dependency issues.
Backstory: My husband and I suffered through multiple miscarriages and then found out I have a relatively uncommon genetic disorder that gives us a 50/50 chance of a healthy pregnancy. We always wanted to adopt so we decided to go that route and see how it played out.
Within a few weeks we brought home a newborn that was 3 weeks old. He was born dependent on heroin and also had meth and cocaine in his system. He was in the NICU until his withdrawal symptoms were gone and he was able to eat on his own.
We weren’t sure what we were getting ourselves into, but so far it’s going well and he is almost 3 years old! I wish I had some people that had experience with this in the beginning. I’m hoping I can help someone else out or just answer any questions people might be curious about.
Edit 1: Thank you all for your thoughtful questions! I’m getting way more responses than I expected. I’m headed to bed and will answer any more that pop up in the morning.
Edit 2: fixed proof
Edit 3: Wow thanks again for all the questions and responses. I hope someone out there has gained something from this conversation or is more willing to adopt through the foster care system!