Fielding questions about adoption at school starts early. Is your child ready?
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.
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?
When you connect with your child's learning style, you help him feel more at home.
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.
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.
We’re worried that our daughter, who had trouble with attachment, might struggle as she goes off to college. How can we support her during this time?
When presenting adoption to 10-year-olds, the teacher's cooperation and your child's involvement are key.
We asked AF readers to share their stories. Here's what they said!
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.
Creative solutions for tricky school assignments, from bringing in a baby picture to the family tree.
How one mother set out to educate her town.
There’s nothing like a school’s insensitivity to adoption to turn a quiet mom into a bold activist.
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.