Adoption at School: Questions from Peers, the Family Tree, and More


Expert advice and personal stories about adoption at school—from talking with the teacher about adoption to preparing your child to answer questions from classmates to adapting the family tree and other sticky assignments.

Common classroom assignments can raise adoption issues

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Fielding questions about adoption at school starts early. Is your child ready?

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[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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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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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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“Adoption 101 in Room 26”

When presenting adoption to 10-year-olds, the teacher's cooperation and your child's involvement are key.

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“Just Like Mrs. Bear”

With the right props and preparation, my adoption presentation to my son's first-grade class went wonderfully. He was proud to be a part of it, and I was proud of him.

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Talking About Adoption in the Classroom

Some parents choose to talk to their child’s teacher about adoption. Others believe it’s a private matter. Here’s how your fellow readers weigh in.

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