Food issues are very common with adopted and foster children and are one of the most frequent concerns adoptive and foster parents face. In this course, we talk with Dr. Katja Rowell, The Feeding Doctor, and author of Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating and Love Me, Feed Me and Kate Miller, Feeding and Disability Specialist at SPOON, an NGO focused on eradicating malnutrition for children. We cover the cause of common food issues in adopted and foster children and provide practical suggestions for parents to help their child. 

This course covers the following topics:

  • What do we mean by “food issues”?
  • Why are adopted and foster children more prone to issues with food?
  • What conditions lead adopted and foster kids to having feeding issues?
  • How to handle hoarding or food sneaking?
  • Practical suggestions for helping a child that eats too much and does not seem to recognize when he is full.
  • What can a parent do to help extremely picky eaters?
  • How can we recognize texture and sensory issues and how they may be contributing to pickiness?
  • What to do about a child who only wants to eat processed or “junk” food.
  • How long does it take for food issues to resolve?
  • Are there any specific nutritional concerns adoptive and foster parents should have for their children?


*Your course will remain active for 180 days from purchase date.

This course aligns with the following regulatory requirements.

Hague Treaty on Intercountry Adoption*

 96.38 (b)(5)

 96.48 (b)(2)

 96.48 (b)(4)



*Important Information for agencies on Hague Training Requirements