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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.

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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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A young child making the transition from home to school for the first time

Big-Kid School

If your child is off to preschool or kindergarten for the first time, you can ease her entry to the wider world outside your home.

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A child getting off a school bus, prepared to discuss race in the classroom

“My Most Pressing Back-to-School Task”

After bringing up race and adoption with my children's teachers at the start of each academic year, I always feel worried and hyper-vigilant. But, invariably, they get it.

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