“After my daughter told classmates that she was adopted, they responded that they ‘feel sorry’ for her. What can I do to help?”
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.
Parents weigh in on talking with their child's teacher and sharing resources at the start of a new school year.
As kids meet new friends—and their families—they face new questions about their past.
When a child has learning problems, often the first step is an Individualized Educational Program (IEP). Here's what you need to know.
Our eight-year-old has been telling his classmates that his birth mother “gave him up” because he was “bad.”
Adoption presentations in first and second grade are easy. Then what?
Before first grade, parents need to teach kids how to respond to unwelcome comments about adoption at school.
17 simple and effective ways to bring adoption into the classroom.
Inclusive assignments help your grade-schooler, as well as her classmates, learn about their lives and the world around them.
Sometimes, a behind-the-scenes talk with the teacher better serves your child than a class presentation.
Fielding questions about adoption at school starts early. Is your child ready?
Answers to your parenting questions.
My child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) mentions the fact that he was adopted. Why would this be included? I asked that it be purged from his record, but the school hasn’t responded.
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.
My daughter took a picture of her birth father to school. She proudly showed it and, when asked where he was, said “prison.” Since then, her best friend’s mother has forbid her daughter from playing with her.
Racial bullying is especially harmful. Here are some strategies to help your child cope and respond to racial teasing.
View the replay of the webinar “Adoption at School,” with Brooke Randolph, LMHC, to learn about how adoption may come up in your child’s classroom, and how parents can talk to teachers and prepare their child to respond.
I haven't decided not to tell my daughter's preschool that she was adopted, but, so far, I haven't told.
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?