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Rethinking the Family Tree and Other Tough Assignments

Rethinking the Family Tree and Other Tough Assignments

Rethinking the Family Tree and Other Tough Assignments

School projects that focus on family or personal history can be challenging or painful for children who were adopted. Learn why, and what you can do to create a more inclusive environment for the entire class.

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Parents weigh in on talking with the teacher about adoption

Parent-to-Parent: Talking with the Teacher About Adoption

Parents weigh in on talking with their child's teacher and sharing resources at the start of a new school year.

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How to Get an IEP

How to Get Your Child Help at School

When a child has learning problems, often the first step is an Individualized Educational Program (IEP). Here's what you need to know.

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Tips for preparing kids to answer questions about adoption at school

Preparing for Questions About Adoption at School

Before first grade, parents need to teach kids how to respond to unwelcome comments about adoption at school.

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Your child should be in charge of the method of talking about adoption in the preschool classroom

Adoption Goes to Preschool

Sometimes, a behind-the-scenes talk with the teacher better serves your child than a class presentation.

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Jillian Lauren with her son, Tariku.

[BOOK EXCERPT] Everything You Ever Wanted

In this excerpt from her candid, hilarious, inspiring adoption memoir, Jillian Lauren explains how she and her husband addressed their son's trauma and special needs and turned things around for him at home and at school. Accompanying the excerpt is a Q&A with the author.

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racial bullying

When Kids Face Racism at School

Racial bullying is especially harmful. Here are some strategies to help your child cope and respond to racial teasing.

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A young adopted child whose mother worries about adoption bias

“Should I Tell Her Teacher?”

I haven't decided not to tell my daughter's preschool that she was adopted, but, so far, I haven't told.

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A child presenting one of her adoption-related school assignments

Share Your Story: Tricky School Assignments

We asked our Reader Panel: Have your school-age children been assigned any projects that were difficult for adoptees (timelines, genetics, etc.)? How did you handle the situation?

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Children eager to discuss adoption in the classroom

Adoption in the Classroom

When helping your child get ready for school, what should you be aware of? Adoption experts and fellow adoptive parents offer their input.

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