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.
What do I do if my child has emotional, behavioral, or academic problems?
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.
My son's story started before I met him. His pre-adoption prologue is one I may never know. But of this I am sure: Mateo was born to be my son.
Concerned about your child's speech or language development? About 10 percent of all children have difficulties in this area. But early intervention can turn the most reluctant talker into a chatterbox.
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.
Help get your school ready for your child.
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.
Around age six or seven, children start to wonder, "Who am I?" This is when our children can truly understand that joining your family through adoption means they left another.
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.