Has Adoption Come Up in your Child’s Classroom?

When adoption comes up at school, you may not be sure how to handle it. Here's how real readers navigated tricky situations gracefully.

Children and teacher discussing adoption at school
On Her Own My daughter, who was adopted from China, received an assignment that was clearly designed to highlight biology. Students were given a list of physical traits (e.g., attached or non-attached earlobe), each of which had a point value. The students were to tally up the traits and compare the scores, zero to 100, for each family member. In a rare show of restraint, I asked my daughter how she wanted to handle the assignment instead of firing off ...

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