Children at higher risk for lead exposure
- are poor,
- are members of racial-ethnic minority groups,
- are recent immigrants,
- live in older, poorly maintained rental properties, or
- have parents who are exposed to lead at work.
Membership in one of these groups does not predict risk in every community, and children in these groups who are not exposed to lead do not have elevated blood lead levels.
Each year more than 100,000 children are adopted in the United States. More than 12,000 of these children are from overseas.
Lead poisoning is caused by breathing or swallowing lead. Lead can pass from a mother to her unborn baby.