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.

Tips for explaining adoption to classmates.

Finding the Right Words at School

Finding the Right Words at School

When questions about adoption start circulating at my son's school, I step in with a tried-and-true presentation.

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Should You Tell the Teacher that Your Child was Adopted?

Should you tell the teacher that your child was adopted? What happens when your child doesn't share your ability to learn? Parents share advice and offer support on these and other questions.

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Happy Endings

The end of the school year can be stressful for children and parents. Here’s a guide for making it a smoother transition.

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Tips for creating adoption awareness in school assignments.

How to Adjust Invasive Assignments

Parents should expect school assignments that are difficult for their children. So be prepared.

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How can you introduce adoption to your child's classmates?

Explaining Adoption in the Classroom

AF readers share their tips and tricks for bring adoption to their kids' classrooms.

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“School Daze” — Part 4 of Foster Adoption Series

In part four of our family's adoption odyssey, our daughter grapples with her learning disability.

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Combating Bullying with Books

Children's literature can be particularly helpful in opening up conversations on difficult topics. An adoptive mom reviews four books about bullying.

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[Book Review] The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander

An adoptive mom and teacher reviews The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander, a book about how parents and teachers can recognize and help break the cycle of bullying.

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[Book Review] Adoption and the Schools: A Resource Guide for Parents and Teachers

Though many schools support the ideas of diverse families and multiculturalism, adoption is rarely mentioned as one of the differences to be considered or part of a school curriculum. This book seeks to change that.

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

When Parents are the Educators

Raising adoption awareness at school can protect your child from thoughtless remarks and benefit classmates, teachers, and the school community. Just be sure to tread lightly and respect boundaries, especially your child’s.

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Managing adoption in the classroom can be daunting for your child

Empowering Kids to Handle Sticky Assignments

When adoption comes up in the classroom, you can't always help your child handle it. Here's how to set up your child to advocate for herself at school.

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

What Your Child’s Teacher Needs to Know

Teachers are facing increasing demands in the classroom, so it's up to you to take the necessary steps to make sure your child's needs are met.

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The Kindergarten Transition

Starting school is exciting for kids, but it can also be a little scary. A mother of two shares her experiences and some tips on how to cope.

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Bringing up adoption in school is your family's decision

Is Your Child Ready for School?

She has her backpack, pencils, and notebook. But does she know how to field adoption questions that might come her way?

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