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Gunnar and ICD alumna discuss international adoption issues in Minnesota Monthly magazine

Megan GunnarMegan Gunnar, Regents Professor and Distinguished McKnight University Professor, and Maria Kroupina (Ph.D. 2003), assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Global Pediatrics, discussed what research is beginning to show us about "the complex story of human development and early adversity," as Gunnar describes it, that is illuminated through the study of the complicated physical and psychological issues and challenges that come along with international adoption of children raised in orphanages. The family profiled in the article sought help through the International Adoption Clinic, which both Gunnar and Kroupina have been involved with for several years.

Gunnar, director of the Institute of Child Development (ICD), goes on to say that studies are showing that the human organism is remarkably resilient in overcoming early adversity, given proper medical and psychological support. And, as Maria points out, "With the right intervention. . . .You can see each child bloom like a flower slowly opening." Read the full article here.

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