Bone graft substitutes have become progressively more widely used, and are currently heavily marketed. To make intelligent decisions, a complete knowledge of autograaft and allograft bone healing is essential, including the definition of "sterile". Differences in donor selection and tissue processing may confound the user not familiar with the implications of these different approaches. Specific products include demineralized bone matrix (DBM), specific growth factors (recombinant BMP's), ceramic grafts, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP). There are a number of useful applications of bone graft substitues for pediatric orthopaedists, but the data base is evolving. This paper describes the current status of these products.